Blue Green Algae Information Updates

July 9, 2018 Daily Update
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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