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Aug 08, 2019

Stay Out of the Manasquan Reservoir- Algae Threatens Health of Visitors

Manasquan Reservoir algae contaminated

A confirmed harmful algal bloom is present at the Manasquan Reservoir with levels quantified at or above the NJ Health Advisory Guidance, according to The Monmouth County Park System.

Do not drink or have contact with the water. This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from swimming, wading and participating in other watersports. Fish caught in this water body should not be eaten. Pets and livestock also should not consume the water.

Side effects of coming in contact with the water include loss of appetite, loss of energy, vomiting, stumbling and falling, foaming at the mouth, diarrhea, convulsions, excessive drooling, tremors and seizures, or any other unexplained sickness.

Cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, are microscopic organisms found naturally in all types of water. These single-celled organisms live in fresh, brackish (combined salt and fresh water) and marine water. These organisms
use sunlight to make their own food. In warm, nutrient-rich (high in phosphorus and nitrogen) environments, cyanobacteria can multiply quickly, creating blooms that spread across the water’s surface. The blooms might become visible.