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 Harmful Algae Blooms

  • Algae are important organisms in lakes, reservoirs, and ponds but some algae can develop toxin producing harmful algae blooms (HABs).
  • Harmful algae blooms appear as “pea soup”, “grass clippings,” or “green latex paint” and are increasing throughout Montana and the United States.  Suspected blooms may be reported to environmental and public health officials to aid in early warning and prevention for others.
  • HABs are presenting potential health risks to humans, animals and the environment. People should limit their contact with the water once a bloom is suspected or observed.