Harmful algal blooms close swimming area at NJ state park for 2021 summer season

Professor says climate change allows bacteria to continue growing through mild winters, and rebloom with vigor in hot summers

The swimming area at Spruce Run Reservoir’s state park is fenced and closed off to swimmers because of persistent Harmful Algal Blooms, or HABs, in the water.

Tests have already found similar harmful blooms in other New Jersey lakes and ponds, too, this year. They’re caused by waste and fertilizer in stormwater runoff that feeds the blooms — and higher temperatures, which promote their growth. Contributing factors include climate change and global warming that spawn more storms and heat waves.

Lead funding for Peril and Promise is provided by Dr. P. Roy Vagelos and Diana T. Vagelos. Major support is provided by Marc Haas Foundation and Sue and Edgar Wachenheim, III.

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