Blue Green Algae Information Updates

July 9, 2018 Daily Update
August 21, 2018

Caloosahatchee Condition Report

Caloosahatchee Condition Summary: Cyanobacteria blooms persists within Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee, and the estuary. The weekly average flow at S79 was 3,460 cfs, above the high flow harm threshold. Red tide persists along the coast causing mortality of marine life and endangered sea turtles. Due to the unprecedented volume of dead sea life the City of Sanibel and Lee County are paying contractors to clean beaches of dead marine organisms. Significant economic impacts are reported by area businesses.

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August 10, 2018
Latest Update From The Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau
July 27, 2018

The Lee Board of County Commissioners held an emergency meeting on Friday to approve an algae cleanup test project. The board directed staff to apply for funds from Florida Harmful Algal Bloom Management Grant Program through the Department of Environmental Protection. The board also authorized staff to hire a vendor already under state contract to cleanup and dispose of blue-green algae from areas with the highest concentration. The board approved spending up to $150,000 of general fund reserves to begin remediation in advance of the grant dollars.

 

July 20, 2018 – Sanibel Mayor Gives Update On His Call To Action

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July 13, 2018 – DEO Activates Emergency Business Damage Assessment on Algal Blooms
This week, Governor Scott asked the DEO to activate the Business Damage Assessment survey on FloridaDisaster.biz. This survey will help them determine the best way to assist businesses impacted by the algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee. With the information given to them by the survey, they will be able to work with our federal and state partners to identify solutions to help local businesses recovery quickly. They want to encourage all of their partners to share the survey with businesses in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobbee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. The survey can be taken at FloridaDisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments by selecting the “Lake Okeechobee Discharge/Algae Blooms” event. For additional assistance, please call 850-815-4925.
July 10, 2018 – Sanibel Mayer Issues A Call To Action

Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane releases a call to action on federal, state and county levels. Click here to read.

July 9, 2018 – Emergency Declared By Governor Scott

Gov. Rick Scott today issued an emergency order in Lee County and six other Florida counties to help combat algal blooms caused by Lake Okeechobee water discharges from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  

A statewide hotline, 1-855-305-3903, has been established for the public to report issues with algae. A website at floridadep.gov/dear/algal-bloom is also available so visitors and residents can be fully informed on the location of algal blooms and results of water testing.

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
[email protected]
407-897-4177

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