The Long Island Clean Water Partnership is holding a news conference Tuesday morning in Patchogue to discuss harmful algal blooms and other surface-water quality issues documented so far this year.
SUNY School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences professor Chris Gobler has mapped out cases of red, rust, mahogany and blue-green algae outbreaks, as well cases of sea lettuce in area waters.
Depending on their type, the blooms can be harmful to shellfish, finfish, eelgrass, small animals and even humans. They are often fed by nitrogen pollution, though temperature changes can also impact the blooms.
Citizens Campaign for the Environment, an advocacy group that’s a founding member of the partnership, said the assessment is necessary to identify water-quality trends and problems in area waters.
Harmful algal blooms have been reported in every coastal state and their occurrence could be increasing, according the National Ocean Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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