What can I do about HABs?
  • When you see an algal bloom, the safest course of action to take is to stay away from the water. Also, keep pets away from the water as the toxins can also harm them.
  • Remember that you can't always see, taste, or smell harmful algae. Rinse yourself and your pets off after swimming. Do not drink lake or river water. Bring water for your pets; drinking untreated water may also harm them.
  • Obey beach closures and advisories.
  • Report suspected blooms to your local health department. You can contact the Monroe County Health Department at 734-240-7900 or to find more information about blooms, see Harmful Algal Blooms.

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1. What effects do HABs have on people and wildlife?
2. What factors affect HABs?
3. Do HABs occur in the Great Lakes?
4. What can I do about HABs?