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Blue-green algae found at Franklin Locks, health alert issued

ALVA, Fla. — Toxic blue-green algae has been detected in the water of the Franklin Locks and local officials have issued a health alert. A sample of water taken from the Franklin Locks on June 7 came back positive for blue-green algae. Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria that can be found in Florida’s freshwater environments. The algae blooms can spread rapidly and will discolor water and even produce floating mats that smell foul. People in the area should take these precautions: Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where there is a visible...

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Cape Coral to discuss spending $1M to keep algae out of your canal

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Before toxic blue-green algae creeps into Cape Coral canals, city officials are discussing putting $1,000,000 towards water quality at a meeting on June 9. Most of the million dollars being discussed at today’s meeting at 3 p.m. would go towards putting bubble curtains into several of the canals in Cape Coral. Bubble curtains create a wall of air and ripples on the surface of the water that prevents anything floating from getting past it. If approved, the bubble curtains would be put in four canals within the city. Currently, ten Cape Coral canals are considered...

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Blue-green algae bloom detected in Orange River & two Lee County boat ramps

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – – Health officials have issued a health alert after detecting blue-green algae blooms at Alva and Davis boat ramps and Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins at all three locations Tuesday. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their...

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Blue-green algae bloom found at Franklin Locks on Caloosahatchee River

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Blue-green algae was found at Franklin Locks on the Caloosahatchee River, according to health officials. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a Health Alert for the harmful blue-green agal toxins detected in the area. A water sample taken on June 1 found the toxins. Everyone in the area should use caution in and around the Caloosahatchee River near the Franklin Locks, local health officials said. The public should not drink, swim wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom. People should wash their...

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DeSantis briefed on blue-green algae treatment used on Caloosahatchee

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis visited the WP Franklin Lock and Dam on the Caloosahatchee River Thursday. The governor’s office confirmed he received a briefing on an innovative technology treatment being used to combat blue green algal blooms. The treatment is performed by BlueGreen Water Technologies, a leading Israeli algae mitigation company. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District are continuing to monitor critical blue-green algal conditions while expediting large-scale Everglades projects, Governor DeSantis...

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City of Cape Coral discussing plan to prevent blue-green algae in waterways

CAPE CORAL, Fla.– The City of Cape Coral is continuing to work on preventing blue-green algae in Cape Coral waterways. The City’s plan will reactivate the bubble curtain in the Mandolin Canal, adding additional bubble curtains in priority canals. The estimated cost for the 10 bubble curtains would be around $750,000. “Our whole goal here is to be proactive to try and get ahead of the algae and try and prevent the algae as best as possible,” said Cape Coral Assistant Public Works Director Michael Ilczyszyn.  Ilczyszyn said between building, shipping...

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Blue-green algae toxins detected in Orange River at Manatee Park

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Blue-green algae toxins have been detected in the Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in the Orange River at Manatee Park. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their skin and clothing with soap and water. Pets should be kept away from...

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Blue-green algae toxins found in West Palm Beach drinking water

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Blue-green algae toxins were detected in the drinking water from the City of West Palm Beach’s Water Treatment Plant. City officials said they issued a driving water advisory after they found Cylindrospermopsin, a toxin produced by cyanobacteria which is also known as blue-green algae. Elevated levels of the toxins were detected in the raw water samples collected from the East Lobe of Clear Lake and the finished water at the treatment plant that supplies water to the City of West Palm Beach, Town of Palm Beach, and Town of South Palm Beach. The city has activated...

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Red Tide and blue-green algae continue to impact the Southwest Florida waters

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.– The latest samples on Red Tide show low to high concentrations up and down the Southwest Florida coastline, according to officials. The next water condition update will be on Wednesday. According to FWC, Bonita Springs waters have shown traces of Red Tide for months. This has not stopped beachgoers from enjoying the nice weather. According to Estero resident, Tony Kramer, he has only experienced pockets of red tide. “So we rented a boat and in the back bay there were pockets of red tide, even though we looked online and we saw there was red tide...

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Blue-green algae detected at two boat ramps on the Caloosahatchee

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Blue-green algae toxins have been detected at the Alva and Davis Boat Ramp’s on the Caloosahatchee River. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a health alert for those areas based on reports of algae toxins found by the boat ramps. The department is recommending people avoid contact with the water. Blue-green algae can cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed, according to local health officials. Children and pets are especially vulnerable, so everyone should keep them away from the water during a bloom. Stay up-to-date on alerts for...

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