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Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs)

Algae are vitally important to marine and fresh-water ecosystems, and most species of algae are not harmful. Algal blooms occur in natural waters used for drinking and/or recreation. When certain types of microscopic algae grow or “bloom” quickly and abundantly in water, they can deplete oxygen and block the sunlight that organisms need to live. Some algae can produce toxins that are harmful to the health of the environment, plants, animals, and people. Click below to learn more.

Environmental Protection Agency – Information about Harmful Algae Blooms

Centers for Disease Control – Information about Harmful Algae Blooms

Mass.gov – Algae Information