California’s Harmful Algal Blooms
Cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) and algae occur in freshwater and estuarine waterbodies. Some algae can produce harmful compounds, such as toxins and taste and odor compounds, that cause health risks to humans and animals. When blooms pose these risks they are called harmful algal blooms (HABs). Sometimes the bloom is easily visible, forming a scum or discoloration on the water surface. Other times, it is less visible, floating beneath the surface of the water.
For your safety:
- Stay away from algae and scum in the water.
- Keep children away from algae in the water or on the shore.
- If fishing clean fillets with tap water or bottled water before cooking.
- Do not let pets go into or drink the water or eat scum on the shore.
- Do not drink this water or use it for cooking.
- Do not eat shellfish from the water.
If you suspect that harmful algae may be present in a waterbody located in Riverside County visit: https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/do/bloomreport.html and complete / submit the report form online.
For more info on harmful algae visit: https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/