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Blue-Green Algae Report

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Blue-Green Algae on Lake O

We'll update this page regularly with the latest blue-green algae information for Southwest Florida.

Blue-Green Algae Health Alert for June 8, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algae in Alva and Davis Boat Ramps and Orange River-Manatee Park. Blue-green algae is toxic to people and pets. Report symptoms from exposure to a harmful algal bloom to the Florida Poison Information Center, and contact your pet's veterinarian if you believe your pet has become ill after coming into contact with blue-green algae contaminated water.

Blue-Green Algae Health Alert for June 4, 2021

Harmful blue-green algal toxins have been found in the Caloosahatchee River – Franklin Locks. The Department of Health-Lee County advises:

  • Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
  • Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water.
  • Keep pets away from the area. Waters where there are algae blooms are not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present.
  • Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.
  • Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is safe. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts and cook fish well.
  • Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae blooms.

Blue-Green Algae Health Alert for June 2, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Orange River – Manatee Park, found in a water sample taken on May 27, 2021. They advise:

  • Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
  • Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water.
  • Keep pets away from the area. Waters where there are algae blooms are not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present.
  • Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.
  • Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is safe. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts and cook fish well.
  • Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae blooms.

Blue-Green Algae Health Alert May 28, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Caloosahatchee-Franklin Locks. They are advising the public to resist any kind of recreational activity where there is a visible bloom, and to wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae. The water is not safe for pets or small children. Blue-green algae blooms can impact human health and ecosystems, including fish and other aquatic animals.

FWC says: Report symptoms from exposure to a harmful algal bloom or any aquatic toxin to the Florida Poison Information Center, call 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a poison specialist immediately. Contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has become ill after consuming or having contact with blue-green algae contaminated water. If you have other health questions or concerns about blue-green algae blooms, please call the Florida Department of Health in Lee County at (239) 690-2100.

Blue-Green Algae Health Alert May 24, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH) has issued a health alert for the Caloosahatchee – Alva Boat Ramp and Davis Boat Ramp. Health officials recommend people of all ages and their pets avoid contact with the water.

Blue-Green Algae Alert May 21, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a health alert for the Caloosahatchee-Franklin Locks due to reports of blue-green algae toxins. Blue-green algae can cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed. Children and pets are especially vulnerable, so keeping them away from the water during a bloom is especially important. The Department of Health recommends individuals avoid contact with the water. Additional information can be found on the Florida Department of Health’s website.