Summer Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
Ponds and lakes offer wonderful recreational opportunities including fishing, boating and swimming. When enjoying the water this summer, it’s important to be aware of harmful algal blooms (HABs). While most algae blooms are green algae and not harmful, HABs are the result of rapid algae or cyanobacteria growth that can harm humans and animals. These blooms can vary in color and appearance sometimes presenting as a thick surface scum or spilled paint. A foul odor may also be present.
In July 2023, the CDC issued a report analyzing data on 2021 HAB events. Below are some of the key takeaways:
- In their findings, 9 out of 10 HAB events where in freshwater, such as lakes and ponds.
- Most of the HAB events in their report occurred in the summer with a peak in August.
- HAB events can be intensified by warmer water temperatures and nutrient pollution from fertilizer runoff.
Limiting nutrient pollution and improving water quality can help reduce the likelihood of HABs. Proper watershed management can reduce future nutrient inputs and but does little for the nutrients already in your lake. With our professional lake management services, Jones Lake Management can apply nutrient binders as part of a comprehensive management plan. Binding excess nutrients can help restore nutrient ratios and reduce the likelihood of blooms. Our science-based solutions are tailored to your lake's unique needs, ensuring a sustainable and effective approach to managing harmful algal blooms.
Questions about how Jones Lake Management can help? Contact our team at 800.662.3474 to discuss your waterbody and get a quote.