HAB Reports Map
Overview: The HAB Reports Map is maintained by the State Water Resources Control Board (CA Water Boards). This map displays locations where harmful algal blooms (HABs) are reported through the online Report Form or from water monitoring data that is submitted to the CA Water Boards. Reports can come from freshwater, estuarine, or marine locations. Voluntary on-line submitted reports may include suspected bloom locations that are later verified as not a bloom. Updates based on investigations are noted on the map. Note that drinking/potable water advisories are not displayed on this map.
Guidance for recreational notifications and advisories: The CA Water Boards coordinates response to reports with other state and local agencies and may conduct follow-up field investigations and water testing to inform a recreational advisory. Where noted, recommended recreational advisories and corresponding signage are based on California voluntary guidance for recreational waters.
What you can do: Practicing Healthy Water Habits while outdoors is recommended even for waterbodies with no information noted on the map below. When in doubt, avoid contact with water impacted by HABs. For questions, please contact the HAB Hotline by email (CyanoHAB.Reports@waterboards.ca.gov) or phone (1-800-222-1222).
How to use the map: Colored dots on the map represent reported locations with pop-up windows that provide additional details for each report. Dots are symbolized based on the current advisory status and the date since the report was last verified by staff (refer to map legends for details). These details are also available in the adjacent table sorted by county. Updates for a location are added to this map when available. However, when updates are not shared with the CA Water Boards, the location's dot symbol will fade in color after 30 days since the last update (refer to map legend for details).
Disclaimer: The exact location, extent, and toxicity of the reported bloom may not be accurate due to changing environmental conditions. Reported blooms can be localized to a portion of waterbody (specific shorelines or confined coves), move with the water current, or impact the entire waterbody (lake-wide). Please use data presented in this map for general purposes only. The data are subject to change as new information is received; check back for daily updates. If a HAB location is missing from this map, notify the HAB Hotline. To learn more on identifying a HAB, please consult our visual guide.
August 2023 San Francisco Bay marine HAB: The Water Boards is tracking the current bloom in the San Francisco Bay. Please report HAB observations to the online Report Form so we can include the information in map below. Observations of dead fish should also be reported to the SF Bay Harmful Algae Bloom 2023 project on iNaturalist set up by California Department of Fish and Wildlife for tracking and response. For more information, please consult the FAQs page.
HAB Reports Map - data and reports voluntary shared
Water monitoring organizations that share data: Several routine water monitoring programs share water testing data to display in this map including the following locations: Klamath Basin, East Bay Regional Parks, Clear Lake, Lake Isabella, Lake Henshaw, and reservoirs along State Water Project. Please reach out to cyanoHAB.email@example.com if your organization would like to participate in our program.
Download data: To download the full data set, including reports from all years, go to the California Open Data Portal. The HAB Reports Tracking Map is populated by data in the Freshwater and Estuarine HAB Program's Reports and Monitoring Data System and maintained by the CA Water Boards.