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NJ HAB Response Strategy Document


  Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring


Suggested Advisory Language
Advisories below may be used by government and non-government entities to alert the public for risk.

  • Advisory language is based on the recommended NJ Action Level and Health Advisory Guidelines for Recreational Exposure.
  • Intended to be protective for a range of exposures that are most likely to occur
  • When posting advisories, it is recommended to err on the side of caution to avoid unnecessary risk to the public.
  • If necessary, it is suggested that the language be tailored to the specific HAB occurrence and waterbody use.

Click any of the images for printable versions of the advisory language below.

Warning - Avoid Contact or Ingestion (Humans and Animals)

A Harmful Algal Bloom is suspected which can be harmful to humans and animals. People, pets, and livestock should avoid contact and drinking the water. Avoid swimming, wading, and watersports. Fish caught in this waterbody should not be eaten.

8.5" x 11"

11" x 17"

Danger/ High Risk - No Contact or Ingestion (Humans and Animals)

Do not drink or have contact with the water including, but not limited to, swimming, wading and watersports. Fish caught in this waterbody should not be eaten. Pets and livestock should not contact or drink the water.

8.5" x 11"

11" x 17"

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