Water Warning in Lee County

Cyanobacteria Lake O 6.2018NOAA satellite images showing progression of cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee, from June 12 to June 24, 2018.
WATER WARNING: LEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REMINDS RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO AVOID CONTACT WITH ALGAE
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There is never a good time for bad water quality but summer holidays make it critical that we get the word out.
A blue-green algae bloom that covers a majority of Lake Okeechobee and miles of river and estuary has tested positive for toxins. Please avoid contact with green water. Boating through blooms can release toxins. Do not eat fish caught in green water. Pets and livestock should also stay out of green water.
The Florida Poison Information Centers are available 24/7 365 days per year to answer questions related to health issues from harmful algal blooms, including cyanobacteria. Their toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222.
The Lee County Dept of Health issued the following warning:
unnamed (1)Lee County, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH) is issuing a health advisory for the Alva Boat Ramp, Davis Boat Ramp, and Franklin Locks based on water sampling results from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP conducted sampling in the area and
found the presence of Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. When algae is visible, DOH recommends individuals using the boat ramp avoid contact with the water. DEP will continue to monitor the Alva Boat Ramp, Davis Boat Ramp, and Franklin Locks and post updates on their website.
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. Additional information on blue-green algae is available here. If you spot blue-green algae, please contact Kalina Warren, environmental administrator with DEP’s Water Quality Assessment Program for the South Region at 407-897-4177.
Contact:
Florida Department of Health in Lee County
407-897-4177
FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM SOURCE:  Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation | 3333 Sanibel Captiva RoadSanibel, FL 33957

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