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Water experts worry blue-green algae and red tide could create ‘perfect storm’

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Southwest Florida water experts advise we could see the perfect storm this summer.  Blue-green algae is sitting on parts of Lake Okeechobee right now. We’ve also seen the algae streaks in the Caloosahatchee River near Avla and Fort Myers Shores.  The lake is about a foot higher than the Army Corps would like it to be at this time of year. That means higher water releases could come our way during the summer and fall months.  Red Tide has killed fish from Charlotte Harbor South to Barefoot Beach. The toxic water is sticking around longer than...

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Blue-green algae toxins detected at Franklin Lock on Caloosahatchee

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Blue-green algae toxins have been detected near Franklin Lock on the Caloosahatchee River in Lee County. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County said they have issued a health alert for the ramp. When blue-green toxins are detected, health officials do recommend that people avoid contact with the water. Blue-green algae can cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed, according to FDOH officials. Children and pets are especially vulnerable, so local health officials said you should keep them away form the water during the bloom. Anyone wanting to report a...

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Algae blooms continue to multiply at Lake Okeechobee

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– The latest pictures from Lake Okeechobee are causing concern as some parts of the lake are seeing huge blooms and even mats of Blue-Green Algae. A few spots along the Caloosahatchee River are starting to see the algae as well. “There is a decent amount of colonies, each week we’ve been monitoring the colony counts are going up,” said Mike Kratz, a Graduate Student at FGCU. “That only coincides with Okeechobee right now, there are some massive algal blooms at the surface.”  On a bright sunny day at the Franklin Lock in Alva,...

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