Montana DPHHS, DEQ ask public to report possible harmful algal blooms

Montana DPHHS, DEQ ask public to report possible harmful algal blooms

News Type: State Source: KTVH
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HELENA – If you’re out on the water this summer and you spot some odd, blue-green substances on the surface of a lake or pond, the state of Montana wants to know about it.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality are asking for the public’s help to identify possible harmful algal blooms, or HABs.

Unlike other types of algae, harmful algal blooms consist of cyanobacteria, naturally found in many bodies of water. A bloom occurs when those bacteria quickly multiply and form a visible discoloration in the water.