Harmful algal blooms can still occur in winter

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New York environmental officials said they’ll stop issuing harmful algal bloom notifications for the winter but warn that they can still occur in the colder weather. 

Water contaminated by the blooms can make people sick. 

The algae, which is actually a type of bacteria, feeds on nitrogen and phosphorus washed in from farms, yards, and leaking septic systems.

Fewer do occur as temperatures drop, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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