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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 July 23, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a health alert
for harmful blue-green algae at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral.

The Department of Health advises:

  • Don't drink, swim, wade, or use personal watercraft 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: water 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.
  • Do not eat shellfish from water with algae blooms.

If your pet comes into contact with algae, contact your veterinarian immediately. Blue-green algae is toxic to pets.

Blue-Green Algae Health Alert for July 2, 2021

A health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algae toxins at the Davis Boat Ramp has been issued by the Lee County Department of Health. People are advised to avoid drinking, swimming, wading, using personal watercraft, water skiing or boating in waters where there is a visible bloom. Keep pets and children away from the toxic algae. If your pet consumes or has contact with blue-green algae contaminated water, contact your veterinarian immediately. You can also contact the Florida Department of Health in Lee County with questions about blue-green algae blooms at 239-690-2100.

Blue-Green Algae Health Alert for July 1, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a health alert for the presence of toxic blue-green algae in Orange River – Manatee Park. Blue-green algae is harmful to humans, pets, marine life and ecosystems. If you have symptoms after exposure to an algae bloom or any aquatic toxin, the DOH-Lee asks you report it to the Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. If your pet consumes or has contact with blue-green algae contaminated water, contact your veterinarian immediately. You can also contact the Florida Department of Health in Lee County with questions about blue-green algae blooms at 239-690-2100.

Blue-Green Algae Task Force Meeting to be held Wednesday June 23rd.

Click here for more information.

Blue-Green Algae Health Alert for June 16, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County is warning the public to "exercise caution" at and near the Alva Boat Ramp and the Caloosahatchee-Franklin Locks due to blue-green algae.

Captains for Clean water has a video to help people understand the toxic cyanobacteria.

If you see blue-green algae, you can report the bloom to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at hits toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report it online. You can also report symptoms from exposure to blue-green algae or red tide to the Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222.

If you have concerns about blue-green algae blooms the Florida Department of Health in Lee County encourages your calls at 239-690-2100.

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.