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Prior NM EPHT 2022 Newsroom Postings

Blue-green Algae Found in New Mexico Lakes

Blue-green algae has been reported in area lakes across New Mexico and can be harmful to people and animals. These algae, also known as cyanobacteria, looks like pond scum and are found naturally in all types of water when temperatures increase and become stagnant in slow moving water.

The cyanobacterial blooms can be blue, bright green, brown or red and are seen floating at the surface of the water in clumps. Some blooms take on a foamy appearance or look like scum or mats.

The Department of Health would like to remind people to protect yourself from cyanobacteria by avoiding swimming or other recreational activities that put you or your pets in contact with the water where you see signs of the algae. Follow the guidance on any warning signs posted. For more details, please follow the link below for additional information.

Blue-green algae fact sheet

Heat Advisories Statewide - Guard Against Heat-related Illness

7/19/2022 - With many New Mexico counties this week experiencing at-or-near record high temperatures, the Department of Health (DOH) again reminds anyone living or visiting New Mexico of the dangers and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. These are exactly the weather conditions where heat-related illnesses are possible, and can get serious, even deadly, very quickly if not recognized.

Get epidemiological data on NMTracking:

Flash Flood Watch for Communities Impacted by Wildland Fires

The NWS of Albuquerque has issued a Flood Briefing due to scattered storms forecasted for the afternoon and into the early evening, 12pm through 8pm Wednesday, June 8th, with the greatest concerns during the mid- to late afternoon hours for the eastern slopes of the central mountains. Find details here