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Company says DEC isn't enforcing clean water laws, resulting in more toxic algae


An environmental database company is blaming a statewide problem with toxic algae on the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Harmful algae blooms are affecting an increasing number of water sources including several lakes in our area. The company Toxic Targeting is calling out the DEC over its clean water laws.

"A total lack of enforcement and now we are seeing drinking water contamination on a level that's unprecedented in our state's history," says Walter Hang, Toxics Targeting.

"Weather patterns are promoting these blooms right now, and we don't expect it to dissipate until I get cooler or some weather patterns change," says Dr. Jacqueline Lendrum.

Harmful blooms form in warm water from too much phosphorus or other nutrients that can be from fertilizer runoff or other dumping.

The DEC says they have water engineers out looking at the threats and problems.