NJ HAB Response Strategy Document
Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring|
Recreational Response Strategy
A formal Response Plan and communication strategy has been developed by multiple NJDEP, NJDOH and NJDoA programs.
- The 2021 Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Freshwater Recreational Response Strategy
provides 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 is a component of the Response Strategy and is designed to identify:
- Entities responsible for response and actions, including various divisions within NJDEP as well as the NJDOH and the NJ Department of Agriculture (DoA)
- Recreational risk thresholds for concentrations of pertinent toxins
- Acceptable parameters and methods for assessing risk
- Appropriate monitoring and analysis for toxins
- Tiered Alert Levels
- 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.
Annual Summary Reports
A general fact sheet on Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms is available - click here.
- 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 HABs 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 https://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/hab.html.
A copy of our previous versions of the New Jersey Harmful Algal Bloom Response Plan & Comprehensive Strategy can be found here: