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Harmful Algal Blooms May Be Present

By Diane Holm

May 28, 2015

Lee County, FL— The Florida Department of Health in Lee County is recommending that the public be cautious before exposing themselves, pets or livestock to the brackish and fresh water of the Caloosahatchee River and its tributaries due to sporadic but potentially harmful algal blooms.

It is recommended not to fish, participate in recreational activities or drink the water if:

  • The water appears greenish or off color
  • The water smells different
  • Dead or distressed animal and aquatic life are present

Algae may grow in lakes, canals and rivers of the county for the foreseeable future. There are a large number of these fresh water bodies, making it impractical to track the algae conditions in all areas. An advisory will be issued if toxic blooms are identified in public areas.

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