New Jersey DEP provides $13.5M to address harmful algal blooms

Harmful algae bloom

WATERWORLD – The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is making $13.5 million in funding available for local projects to improve water quality and help prevent, mitigate and manage harmful algal blooms in lakes and ponds. The latest round of funding builds upon the state’s HAB response strategy announced by Gov. Phil Murphy in November.

According to the DEP, “Harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs, are not true algal blooms. Rather, they are caused by naturally occurring cyanobacteria that can reproduce to unhealthful levels under certain conditions, including sunlight, nutrients from sources such as fertilizers and improperly operating septic systems, warm weather and stagnant water. They frequently form dense mats, resembling pea soup or spilled paint” …

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