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DEQ wants to raise public awareness of harmful algal blooms

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 13:26:34-04
Algae Blooms
Montana environmental officials want people to be aware of harmful algal blooms. (photo credit: Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality)

HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is asking people to be aware of harmful algal blooms growing in the Helena Valley reservoirs.

Helena Valley residents will have the educational opportunity to learn the risks of harmful algal blooms (HABS).

The meeting will be held on June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tri-Lakes Volunteer Fire Department Station.

Harmful algal blooms are caused by blue-green like algae that naturally grow during warmer weather in fresh water.

Under certain conditions, such as consistent heat with low wind and more shallow waters, the blue-green algae can populate and grow hazardous.

Producing toxins that can hard them skin, liver and nervous system of humans, pets and livestock.

Click here for more information on the DEQ meeting.

-Christine Sullivan reporting for MTN News