The Dominican Republic treats algal blooms in 7km² reservoir
Toxic algal blooms are a considerable challenge to the quality of drinking and recreational water alike. While most of algae species are harmless, blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, give rise to a distinct foul odour and are also known to produce toxins. These toxins can be dangerous for domestic pets but also cause illnesses in humans. Nutrient pollution, higher carbon dioxide levels, and changing climate might cause harmful algal blooms to occur more often, in more waterbodies and to be more intense.