Webinar Discusses Penn State Extension Project on Harmful Algae Blooms in Ponds

Posted: July 18, 2016

Nuisance algae growth is one of the most common problems reported by pond and lake owners in Pennsylvania. Of greatest concern are algae blooms that are caused by microscopic blue-green algae which are capable of producing toxins, known as harmful algal blooms or “HABS”. These algal toxins can sicken animals and humans that contact the water and may cause the death of fish or other aquatic life.

The Penn State Water Resources Extension team provided a webinar on June 21, 2016 which discussed a recent project completed by Penn State Extension to survey the occurrence of harmful algae blooms in inland ponds and lakes and provide outreach to pond and lake owners.  The presenter was Bryan Swistock, a Water Resources Specialist with Penn State Extension in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. 

Topics covered in this webinar included:

  • What causes algae to grow in ponds?
  • The basics of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS)
  • Objectives and results from a Penn State Extension project on HABS
  • Managing algae in ponds
  • Planned activities for 2016
  • Questions and Answers

To view the entire 44-minute recorded webinar along with a PDF of the presentation slides and a link to online HAB resources, visit the Penn State Extension Water Resources Webinar series at:

Bryan Swistock
Water Resources Specialist
Renewable Natural Resources
Penn State Extension
Department of Ecosystem Science and Management