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