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Recent satellite images of Lake O algal blooms may be deceiving

SANIBEL, Fla. – NOAA’s satellite images of Lake Okeechobee’s algal blooms may not show the whole picture. A satellite image taken on May 11th showed toxic algae covering more than half of the lake. 500 square miles were green, yellow, or red on the image. On May 24th, only 150 square miles of the lake were covered in a bloom. It could make viewers think the bloom is shrinking or going away, but that is not the case, experts said. The lake is lowering quickly with the recent dry weather in Southwest Florida. The wind is pushing the blooms around and...

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Algae covers water from Lake Okechobee to Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Algae is covering water from Lake Okechobee down to Fort Myers. Right now, more than half of Lake Okeechobee is covered by algal blooms. Captains For Clean Water co-founder Chris Wittman said it’s too late to make a big change for our summer. He hopes we do not experience heavy rain before June.   “Water quality is the most important issue that affects our community and our economy,” Wittman said. “If we have a very wet summer, it’s going to be bad news for our communities.” Captains for Clean Water is calling on the Army...

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FGCU professor studies health effects of algal blooms

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Dr. Barry Rosen, a Florida Gulf Coast University professor, is on a mission to learn more about algal bloom impacts on human health. The professor has created a new way to study the toxic water. Inside his lab, he teamed up with Dr. Osman Karatum.  The two created a chamber that can create a controlled natural environment. They’re using samples from Lake Okeechobee from last week. They have a tank of air that mimics wind inside.  They can control how strong the air blows inside. That can potentially send toxic particles into the air....

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Health alert issued for Lee County boat ramp due to algae toxins

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH) issued a health alert for the Davis Boat Ramp on Friday. Algae toxins were detected in the water near the ramp. According to the DOH, when blue-green toxins are detected contact with the water should be avoided. The algae could cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed. The toxins could impact pets as well as people. Algal Bloom Sampling Status from Florida Department of Environmental Protection Further updates on the Alva boat ramp can be found here. Algal blooms can be reported here. The post Health alert issued...

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