Area residents who have noticed a foamy substance in Ocean Pines waterways and canals can be reassured that what they are seeing is most likely a naturally-occurring phenomenon, according to Ocean Pines Public Works.
The department has shared a pamphlet distributed by the Department of Environmental Quality for the state of Michigan about water foam. The Michigan agency says it often receives questions from concerned citizens who believe that laundry detergents or other pollutants have been released into the water. Instead, the phenomenon that people observe is “often the result of natural processes, not environmental pollution.”
According to the Department of Environmental Quality, “foam can be formed when the physical characteristics of the water are altered by the presence of organic materials in the water” and is usually the result of the decomposition of underwater plant life.