Algae advisory at the Manasquan Reservoir lifted

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The alert from three weeks ago that warned people not to come into contact with water from the Manasquan Reservoir has been lifted.

The bacteria, known as “cyanobacteria” or blue-green algae, can cause an adverse reaction in humans and pets.

“Cyanobacteria frequently impart off‐tastes and odors to the water in which they grow, and sometimes they produce toxins that can be harmful to the health of humans and other animals,” a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection fact sheet states. “Although problems related to cyanobacteria most often occur in freshwaters (lakes and streams), cyanobacteria can also be found in marine waters.”

Drinking water for the local region was never a concern.

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