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NJ HAB Response Strategy Document

  Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring

Response Plan & Comprehensive Strategy

A formal Response Plan and communication strategy has been developed by multiple NJDEP and NJDOH programs, with technical assistance from the Department of Agriculture.

  • The New Jersey Harmful Algal Bloom Response Plan & Comprehensive Strategy will provide a unified statewide approach to responding to HABs in recreational waters and sources of drinking water and to protect the public from risk associated with these toxins.
  • Response Plan will be a component of the Comprehensive Strategy and is designed to identify:
    • Entities responsible for response and actions, including various divisions within NJDEP as well as the NJDOH
    • Recreational risk thresholds for concentrations of pertinent toxins
    • Acceptable parameters and methods for assessing risk
    • Appropriate monitoring and analysis for toxins
    • Recommended Advisories
    • Background and technical information
    • Research needs
    • Outreach/ Education
    • Information on what to do if a person or their pet has been exposed to a CyanoHAB.
  • Freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams with potential public access, recreational use, licensed bathing beaches, and sources of drinking water.
  • Waterbodies may be owned by state, local, or private entities. Response will vary depending on ownership.
  • Direct drinking water concerns are addressed in the NJDEP Division of Water Supply and Geoscience (DWSG) Emergency Response Plan.
    • Focuses on prevention and treatment of drinking water contamination, and applies to cyanobacterial HABs and toxins. DWSG will coordinate action per Plan.
    • For more information on drinking water, see the DWSG's website
A general fact sheet on Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms is available - click here.

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