Bethany McCorkle, ODNR (614) 265-6860
Chris Abbruzzese, Ohio EPA (614) 644-2782
Robert Jennings, ODH (614) 644-8562

State Announces Harmful Algal Bloom Advisory Levels for 2012

The State of Ohio today announced this season’s strategy for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in recreational waters.
The most notable change to the 2012 strategy is the addition of permanent signage that will be displayed at certain state park lakes along with information about HABs. The use of permanent signage is another tool to help increase public awareness while providing educational color photos illustrating what to look for in the water.

In addition to the permanent signage, two new color-coded signs will be posted at beaches where toxin levels exceed the limits in the 2012 HAB Response Strategy for Recreational Waters.

  • An orange Recreational Public Health Advisory sign will be posted at beaches when toxin levels exceed the recommended threshold, warning individuals who are elderly or very young and people with compromised immune systems that swimming or wading is not recommended.
  • A red No Contact Advisory sign will be posted when toxin levels exceed the recommended threshold and there are one or more probable cases of human illness or pet deaths attributable to HABs. This sign will warn people that unsafe toxins are present in the water and to avoid any contact.
Once an advisory is posted, the state will sample until toxins reach safe levels or until the end of the beach season in Ohio.

For the most up-to-date information on HABs, access as a one-stop source for algae information in Ohio. The website provides a list of all current advisories and sampling data, a form and contact information to report potential algal blooms, and common sense tips and facts about algae.

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