The Toxic Blue-Green Algae Responsible For Killing Dogs Around The U.S. Has Been Found In New Jersey

Earlier this summer, I reported on the closure of Lake Hopatcong (to swimmers) due to a blue-green algae called Cyanobacteria. Tragically, this is the same algae that’s responsible for the death of dogs in three different states. While we’re glad to share that the blooms at Lake Hopatcong have dwindled, and beaches have reopened, that doesn’t mean New Jersey is in the clear. Several other lakes and (drinking water) reservoirs have been closed or put on advisory.

For a quick (but important ) update on drinking water, check out the news report below:

If you’re aware of any recent advisories or updates, share with us in the comments. As a side note worth mentioning, New Jersey’s “safe” standard for Cyanobacteria is less than 20,000 parts per million, as mentioned earlier. Nearby states deem anything less than 70,000 parts per million “safe.” Does that mean our beaches are being closed for no good reason? Not necessarily. While some of New Jersey’s lakes have reported Cyanobacteria levels between 20,000-70,000 PPM, others have reached nearly 200,000 parts per million – this level wouldn’t be considered safe in any state. Use your best judgement, and check out some of our best shore beaches by clicking here.