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...