Algal Bloom Report Fishing Reports

Florida Algal Bloom Report, 7-15-16

DEP released the following Florida Algal Bloom report news release at 3:03PM/E Friday, July 15, 2016.

Latest Actions

Algal Bloom Response Summary:

Sampling Results

“To date, a majority of the results continue to indicate low to extremely low levels of toxins. All results are reported to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS).

In response to reported Florida algal blooms, on July 7 and 8 DEP, FWC and South Florida Water Management District staff were deployed to survey and collect samples at various locations along the St. Lucie River and Estuary, the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary and nearshore marine locations. A total of seven samples were collected, which included the Cape Coral Yacht Club. The toxin level at the yacht club was extremely low and all other samples were non-detect for toxins. Additional surveillance and sampling of any observed blooms will be conducted in these areas later this week.

In response to reported Florida algal blooms during the week of July 4, DEP, South Florida Water Management District, FWC and Okeechobee Utility Authority staff were deployed to survey and collect samples at approximately 20 locations on Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River, St. Lucie River, Ft. Pierce Inlet Beach, Blind Creek Park North, Jensen Beach, Bathtub Beach, Hobe Sound Beach and Coral Cove Beach.

The sampling results from the week of July 4 indicate an elevated toxin level at the St. Lucie Lock (C-44 at S80). While this lock, which is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is not located near shore, nor is it a recreational swimming area, DOH always encourages Floridians and visitors to exercise caution to minimize their risk. None of the other sampling results from the week of July 4 were above the World Health Organization’s short-term recreational exposure limit.

The Florida Department of Health at Martin County has issued an advisory encouraging Floridians and visitors to exercise caution to minimize their risk. If the water is discolored or a visible bloom is present, people are encouraged to stay out of the water, to keep pets and livestock out and to not use bloom water to irrigate lawns.

Since May 13, 2016, when the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) first observed an algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee during their routine sampling, DEP and the SFWMD have regularly responded to and sampled observed and reported algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee, in the St. Lucie River and Estuary and the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary.

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Sample Date Samples Collected By Samples Analyzed By Sampling Location Depth
(meters)
Algae ID Microcystin Toxin
(ug/l)
7/7/2016
(68)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Estuary-SE03 (N 27° 12′ 10″, W -80° 15′ 33″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(67)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Estuary-SE08B (N 27° 10′ 14″, W -80° 15′ 28″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(66)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Alva Boat Ramp (N 26° 42′ 47.5914″, W -81° 36′ 23.328″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(65)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Cape Coral Yacht Club (N 26° 32′ 33.4314″, W -81° 57′ 8.4954″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 1.0
7/7/2016
(64)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Ocean Sample
West 400 Artificial Reef (N 27° 9′ 44.1″, W -80° 3′ 51.480″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(63)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Ocean Sample
Upside down Barge wreck (N 27° 13′ 56.8920″, W -80° 6′ 42.840″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/7/2016
(62)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Ocean Sample
Whistle Buoy (N 27° 10′ 2.280″, W -80° 8′ 24.720″)
0.6 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/6/2016
(N/A)
OUA FDEP – algal ID; GreenWater Laboratories – toxins Okeechobee Utility Authority -2001 Intake Structure – raw water (not provided) not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 0.35
7/6/2016
(N/A)
OUA FDEP – algal ID; GreenWater Laboratories – toxins Okeechobee Utility Authority Rim Canal Intake – raw water (not provided) not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 0.32
7/6/2016
(N/A)
OUA FDEP – algal ID; GreenWater Laboratories – toxins Okeechobee Utility Authority Old Intake Structure – raw water (not provided) not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 0.4
7/6/2016
(N/A)
OUA GreenWater Laboratories Okeechobee Utility Authority 2001 Intake – after ozone (not provided) not provided not analyzed not detected
7/6/2016
(N/A)
OUA GreenWater Laboratories Okeechobee Utility Authority Rim Canal Intake – after ozone (not provided) not provided not analyzed not detected
7/6/2016
(N/A)
OUA GreenWater Laboratories Okeechobee Utility Authority Old Intake – after ozone (not provided) not provided not analyzed not detected
7/6/2016
(61)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
S308C, Port Mayaca Lakeside Lower (N 26° 59′ 095″, W -80° 37′ 288″)
0.3 Dominant taxon:Planktolyngbya limnetica 1.4
7/6/2016
(60)
SFWMD FDEP Palm Beach County
C51 at Flying Cow Rd. Bridge (N 26° 40′ 58.01″, W -80° 17′ 53.96″)
0.25 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 6.3
7/6/2016
(59)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie River – 50m from shore between NE Anchorage Dr. and NE Glass Dr. (N 27° 12′ 57″, W -80° 14′ 7″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 7.3
7/6/2016
(58)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
Ft. Pierce Inlet Beach (N 27° 28′ 29″, W 80° 17′ 25″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(57)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
Blind Creek Beach North (N 27° 22′ 43″, W 80° 15′ 12″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(56)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Jensen Beach (N 27° 15′ 12″, W 80° 11′ 41″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(55)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Bathtub Beach (N 27° 11′ 13″, W 80° 9′ 37″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(54)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Hobe Sound Beach (N 27° 4′ 0″, W 80° 6′ 53″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/6/2016
(53)
FWC FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Palm Beach County
Coral Cove Beach (N 26° 57′ 51″, W 80° 4′ 42″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
7/5/2016
(52)
SFWMD FDEP Okeechobee County
Lake Okeechobee Interior (N 27° 11′ 21″, W -80° 49′ 32″)
0.3 Dominant taxon:Dolichospermum circinale not detected
7/5/2016
(51)
SFWMD FDEP Glades County
S-77 Structure (N 26° 50′ 26.82″, W -81° 5′ 0.68″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/5/2016
(50)
SFWMD FDEP Okeechobee County
Lake Okeechobee Rim Canal (N 27° 11′ 46.8″, W -80° 49′ 56.9″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/5/2016
(49)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Lock, C44 S80 (N 27° 6′ 39″, W -80° 17′ 4″)
0.3 Co-dominant taxa: Microcystis aeruginosa andDolichospermum circinale 86
7/5/2016
(48)
FDEP FDEP Palm Beach County
C-51 Canal at Lake Worth Lagoon (N 26° 38′ 40″, W -80° 2′ 40″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
7/1/2016
(47)
FDEP FDEP Palm Beach County
Peanut Island West (N 26° 46′ 25.1954″, W -80° 2′ 58.2176″)
not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not analyzed
7/1/2016
(46)
FDEP FDEP Palm Beach County
Peanut Island East (N 26° 46′ 17.652″, W -80° 2′ 36.6″)
not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not analyzed
7/1/2016
(45)
FDEP FDEP Palm Beach County
Peanut Island North (N 26° 46′ 38.784″, W -80° 2′ 39.5160″)
not provided mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not analyzed

Previous Sampling Results:

Health Effects

DOH takes the lead in determining if a HAB presents a risk to human health. DOH issues health advisories as they determine to be appropriate when toxicity levels are higher and may also post warning signs when Florida Algal blooms affect public beaches or other areas where there is the risk of human exposure. These actions are typically directed out of local county health departments, most often in consultation with staff from DOH’s Aquatic Toxins Program. The World Health Organization considers levels under 10 micrograms/liter to represent a low-level risk for adverse health outcomes from short-term recreational exposures; however, certain sensitive populations (e.g., children, the elderly and immunocompromised populations) may still be at risk even at low concentrations and should avoid any exposure.

DOH also follows up on reports of pets that may have been exposed to a bloom, since these events may predict potential human health threats.”

Reporting

The state’s Florida Algal Bloom response team encourages residents to report algal blooms so that we can respond quickly and effectively.

  • To report a bloom in Lake Okeechobee or the St. Lucie or Caloosahatchee rivers, call the toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report online at www.reportalgalbloom.com.
  • To report human illness or for information on health advisories, contact your local county health department.
  • To report a fish kill, contact FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.

Florida Algal Bloom Report, 7-8-16

DEP released the following Florida Algal Bloom report news release at 2:01PM/E Friday, July 8, 2016.

Latest Actions

Algal Bloom Response Summary:

“In response to reported algal blooms, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),  the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) coordinated efforts to survey and collect samples during the week of June 27. Sixteen samples were collected during the week from locations on the St. Lucie River and Inlet, Summa Beach Park, Bathtub Reef Beach, Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Beach, Ft. Pierce and Coral Cove. Reconnaissance was also conducted at Walton Rocks Beach and Jensen Beach but no samples were collected because no algae was present.

The sampling results from the week of June 27 indicate an elevated toxin level at the St. Lucie River at Central Marine Marina and at Bathtub Reef Beach, 15 feet from shore. Another sample taken at Bathtub Reef Beach closer to the shore was non-detect for toxins. St. Lucie Inlet near Sandsprit Park also had a toxin level slightly above the World Health Organization’s low-risk level for adverse health outcomes of 10 micrograms/liter. The Florida Department of Health at Martin County has issued an advisory encouraging Floridians and visitors to exercise caution when recreating to minimize their risk. If the water is discolored or a visible bloom is present, people are encouraged to stay out of the water, to keep pets and livestock out and to not use bloom water to irrigate lawns.

Since May 13, 2016, when the SFWMD first observed an algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee during their routine sampling, DEP and the SFWMD have regularly responded to and sampled observed and reported algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee, in the St. Lucie River and Estuary and the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary.

To date, a majority of the results continue to indicate low to extremely low levels of toxins. All results are reported to the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

To see all results to date, please visit the Florida Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response webpage. We encourage you to bookmark the page and visit routinely as it will be updated in real time as new information becomes available. ”

.Sampling Locations

Sample Date Samples Collected By Samples Analyzed By Sampling Location
(Latitude and Longitude)
Depth Algae ID
(Type of Blue Green Algae)
Microcystin Toxin (measurement in micrograms per liter)
6/30/16
(44)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
Atlantic Ocean Bathtub Reef Beach, 5 meters from shore (N 27° 11′ 12″, W -80° 9′ 36″)
0.3 Dominant taxon: Microcystis aeruginosa 414.3
6/29/16
(43)
FWRI FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County Bathtub Beach (N 27° 11.222′, W -80° 09.625′) 0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
6/29/16
42)
FWRI FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Martin County
Jensen Beach (N 27° 15.214′, W -80° 11.695′)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
6/29/16
(41)
FWRI FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
South Hutchinson Island (N 27° 17.859′, W -80° 12.937′)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
6/29/16
(40)
FWRI FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
Mid-Hutchinson Beach (N 27° 21.975′, W -80° 14.789′)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
6/29/16
(39)
FWRI FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins St. Lucie County
South Jetty Park (N 27° 28.165′, W -80° 17.425′)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
6/29/16
(38)
FWRI FWRI – algal ID; FDEP -toxins Palm Beach County
Coral Cove (N 26° 57.814′, W -80° 04.687′)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
6/29/2016
(37)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie River, Central Marine Marina (N 27° 12′ 55″, W -80° 15′ 18″)
0.3 Dominant taxon: Microcystis aeruginosa 78.3
6/29/2016
(36)
SWFMD FDEP Palm Beach County
Summa Beach Park (N 26° 39′ 2.81″, W -80° 2′ 50.50″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
6/29/2016
(35)
SWFMD FDEP Palm Beach County
C51 at Flying Cow Rd. Bridge (N 26° 40′ 58.01″, W -80° 17′ 53.96″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
6/29/2016
(34)
SWFMD FDEP Palm Beach County
S155 (N 26° 38′ 41.24″, W -80° 3′ 17.96″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 1.4 I
6/28/2016
(33)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Canal C44S80, upstream of structure (N 27° 6′ 41.87″, W -80° 17′ 06.08″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 1.0 I
6/27/2016
(32)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Inlet near Sandsprit Park (N 27° 9′ 47″, W -80° 11′ 33″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 12.7
6/27/2016
(31)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
Atlantic Ocean 100m east of Bathtub Reef Beach (N 27° 11′ 10″, W -80° 9′ 30″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
6/27/2016
(30)
FDEP FDEP St. Lucie County
St. Lucie River near Club Med dock (N 27° 14′ 35″, W -80° 18′ 45″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
6/27/2016
(29)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Inlet near Stuart Sandbar  (N 27° 10′ 11″, W -80° 9′ 52″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 3.6 I
I – Reported value is between the laboratory method detection limit and the laboratory practical quantitation limit
J – Estimated value and/or the analysis did not meet established quality control criteria.

Health Effects

DOH takes the lead in determining if a HAB presents a risk to human health. DOH issues health advisories as they determine to be appropriate when toxicity levels are higher and may also post warning signs when Florida Algal blooms affect public beaches or other areas where there is the risk of human exposure. These actions are typically directed out of local county health departments, most often in consultation with staff from DOH’s Aquatic Toxins Program. The World Health Organization considers levels under 10 micrograms/liter to represent a low-level risk for adverse health outcomes from short-term recreational exposures; however, certain sensitive populations (e.g., children, the elderly and immunocompromised populations) may still be at risk even at low concentrations and should avoid any exposure.

DOH also follows up on reports of pets that may have been exposed to a bloom, since these events may predict potential human health threats.”

Reporting

The state’s Florida Algal Bloom response team encourages residents to report algal blooms so that we can respond quickly and effectively.

  • To report a bloom in Lake Okeechobee or the St. Lucie or Caloosahatchee rivers, call the toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report online at www.reportalgalbloom.com.
  • To report human illness or for information on health advisories, contact your local county health department.
  • To report a fish kill, contact FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.

Florida Algal Bloom Report, 7-1-16

DEP released the following news release at 3:34PM/E Friday, July 1, 2016.

Latest Actions

“On June 29, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in Martin and St. Lucie counties following the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. That Order was amended on June 30 to include Lee and Palm Beach counties.

On July 1, it was announced that DEP has quickly implemented two directives outlined in the Order.

Residents statewide will now have the ability to easily report information to the department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when observing algal blooms. Information can be reported online through an electronic form at www.reportalgalbloom.com, as well as call in reports to a new toll-free number at 1-855-305-3903.

Sampling Results

To date, a majority of the results continue to indicate low to extremely low levels of toxins. All results are reported to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS).

In response to reported algal blooms, DEP and SFWMD staff were deployed to survey and collect samples on the St. Lucie River and Inlet as well as Summa Beach Park and Bathtub Reef Beach during the week of June 27. Nine samples were collected. Those results are below. Surveillance was also conducted at Walton Rocks Beach and Jensen Beach but no samples were collected because no algae was present.

In addition, this week, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducted sampling at six beach and offshore sites, including Bathtub Beach, Jensen Beach, Hutchinson Beach, Ft. Pierce and Coral Cove. These results are still pending.

The sampling results from the week of June 27 indicate an elevated toxin level at the St. Lucie River at Central Marine Marina. St. Lucie Inlet near Sandsprit Park also had a toxin level slightly above the World Health Organization’s low-risk level for adverse health outcomes of 10 micrograms/liter. The Florida Department of Health at Martin County has issued an advisory encouraging Floridians and visitors to exercise caution to minimize their risk and to abide by all posted signs and beach warning flags. If the water is discolored or a visible bloom is present, people are encouraged to stay out of the water, to keep pets and livestock out and to not use bloom water to irrigate lawns.

Since May 13, 2016, when the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) first observed an algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee during their routine sampling, DEP and the SFWMD have regularly responded to and sampled observed and reported algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee, in the St. Lucie River and Estuary and the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary.

The algal bloom response team takes all algal blooms seriously and all federal, state and local agencies will continue to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible to both observed and reported algal blooms to ensure the health and safety of Floridians, visitors and our natural resources.

The department will continue to coordinate with the SFWMD and FWC to respond to reports of algal blooms as they are received.

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Sample Date Samples Collected By Samples Analyzed By Sampling Location
(Latitude and Longitude)
Depth Algae ID
(Type of Blue Green Algae)
Microcystin Toxin (measurement in micrograms per liter)
6/29/2016
(37)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie River, Central Marine Marina (N 27° 12′ 55″, W -80° 15′ 18″)
0.3 Dominant taxon: Microcystis aeruginosa 78.3
6/29/2016
(36)
SWFMD FDEP Palm Beach County
Summa Beach Park (N 26° 39′ 2.81″, W -80° 2′ 50.50″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
6/29/2016
(35)
SWFMD FDEP Palm Beach County
C51 at Flying Cow Rd. Bridge (N 26° 40′ 58.01″, W -80° 17′ 53.96″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
6/29/2016
(34)
SWFMD FDEP Palm Beach County
S155 (N 26° 38′ 41.24″, W -80° 3′ 17.96″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 1.4 I
6/28/2016
(33)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Canal C44S80, upstream of structure (N 27° 6′ 41.87″, W -80° 17′ 06.08″)
0.5 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 1.0 I
6/27/2016
(32)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Inlet near Sandsprit Park (N 27° 9′ 47″, W -80° 11′ 33″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 12.7
6/27/2016
(31)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
Atlantic Ocean 100m east of Bathtub Reef Beach (N 27° 11′ 10″, W -80° 9′ 30″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
6/27/2016
(30)
FDEP FDEP St. Lucie County
St. Lucie River near Club Med dock (N 27° 14′ 35″, W -80° 18′ 45″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample not detected
6/27/2016
(29)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Inlet near Stuart Sandbar  (N 27° 10′ 11″, W -80° 9′ 52″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in the sample 3.6 I
6/22/16
(28)
SFWMD FDEP Palm Beach County
Summa Beach Park (N 26° 39′ 2.81″, W -80° 2′ 50.50″)
0.3 m Dominant taxon: Microcystis aeruginosa 1.1 I
6/22/16
(27)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Franklin Lock and Dam (N 26° 43′ 15″, W -81° 41′ 34″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
6/22/16
(26)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
Dire Point Canal (N 27° 12′ 24.47″, W -80° 16′ 16.90″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample though specks of Microcystis aeruginosa present. 57
6/22/16
(25)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
SE Harbor Pointe Dr. (N 27° 12′ 12.44″, W -80° 12′ 44.77″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample though specks of Microcystis aeruginosa present. 80.3
6/21/16
(24)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
C-44 and S. Fork Mouth (N 27° 7′ 46.13″, W -80° 15′ 58.02″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample though specks of Microcystis aeruginosa present. 6.9
6/22/16
(23)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Locks C44S80 (N 27° 0.6′ 41.87″, W -80° 17′ 06.08″)
0.5 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 1.9 I
6/20/16
(22)
SFWMD FDEP Charlotte County
CULV10A, L-8 Canal Side (N 26° 55′ 01.44″, W -81° 36′ 37″)
0.5 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 6.1 J
6/20/16
(21)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
S308C, Port Mayaca (N 26° 59′ 095″, W -80° 37′ 288″)
0.5 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
6/20/16
(20)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
Leighton Park, St. Lucie S. Fork (N 27° 10′ 20.83″, W -80° 15′ 47.14″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample 3.9 IJ
6/15/2016
(19)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Alva Bridge (N 26° 42′ 51″, W -81° 36′ 37″)
0.3 mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
6/15/2016
(18)
SFWMD FDEP Hendry County
LZ30 (N 26° 47′ 937″, W -80° 51′ 544″)
0.3 m Dominant taxon: Microcystis aeruginosa 288 µg/L
6/14/2016
(17)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
S-80 (N 27° 06′ 41.87″, W -80° 17′ 06.08″)
0.5 m Dominant taxon: Planktolyngbya limnetica not detected
6/14/2016
(16)
SFWMD FDEP Glades County
L008 (N 26° 57′ 25.62″, W -80° 53′ 30.08″)
0.5 m Dominant taxon: Microcystis aeruginosa 382.3 µg/L
62/2016
(15)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
Lake Okeechobee @ Port Mayaca (N 26° 59′ 5.61″, W -80° 37′ 17.14″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample  1.6 µg/L
6/1/2016
(14)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Caloosahatchee River, W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (N 26° 43′ 15″, W -81° 41′ 33″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
5/31/2016
(13)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie Locks C44S80 Upstream Surface (N 27° 06′ 41.78″, W -80° 17′ 06.04″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
5/31/2016
(12)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie River Central (N 27° 12′ 3″, W -80° 13′ 58″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
5/31/2016
(11)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie River S. Fork (N 27° 10′ 36″, W -80° 15′ 42″)
0.3 m mixed algae; no dominant species in sample not detected
5/24/2016
(10)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Alva Boat Ramp @ Josephine St.
0.3 m Dominant taxon: Microcystis aeruginosa 27.3 µg/L
5/24/2016
(9)
FDEP FDEP Lee County
Billy’s Creek at SR 80
0.3 m no dominant not detected
5/23/2016
(8)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
Lake Okeechobee – Port Mayaca S 308 C Upstream Lake Side
N 26° 59′ 6″
W -80° 37′ 16.5″
Water column Dominant: Microcystis aeruginosa 24.4 µg/L
5/23/2016
(7)
SFWMD FDEP Martin County
Lake Okeechobee – Port Mayaca S 308 C Downstream Canal Side C-44
N 26° 59′ 6″
W -80° 37′ 16.5″
Water column no dominant 5.1 I µg/L
5/23/2016
(6)
SFWMD FDEP Glades County
Moore Haven – S77 Rim Canal Upstream Lake Side
N 26° 50′ 26.16″
W -81° 5′ 0.72″
Water column no dominant not detected
5/23/2016
(5)
SFWMD FDEP Glades County
Moore Haven – S77 Downstream C43 Canal Side
N 26° 50′ 26.16″
W -81° 5′ 0.72″
Water column no dominant not detected
5/19/2016
(4)
FDEP FDEP Broward County
St. Lucie River S. Fork near Veteran’s Memorial Bridge
N 26° 9′ 50.9394″
W -80° 15′ 5.6154″
Water column Dominant: Microcystis aeruginosa 2.5  I µg/L
5/19/2016
(3)
FDEP FDEP Martin County
St. Lucie River Riverwatch Marina
Not provided
Not provided
Water column no dominant not detected
5/18/2016
(2)
FDEP FDEP Hendry County
Lake Okeechobee near Channel Marker 9B
N 26° 46′ 36.6954″
W -80° 54′ 8.676″
Water column Co-dominant taxa: Microcystis aeruginosa and Dolichospermum circinalis 1.5 I µg/L
5/18/2016
(1)
FDEP FDEP Glades County
Caloosahatchee River, Ortona Lock
N 26° 47′ 21.3966″
W -81° 18′ 19.1808″
Water column no dominant not detected
I – Reported value is between the laboratory method detection limit and the laboratory practical quantitation limit
J – Estimated value and/or the analysis did not meet established quality control criteria.

Health Effects

DOH takes the lead in determining if a HAB presents a risk to human health. DOH issues health advisories as they determine to be appropriate when toxicity levels are higher and may also post warning signs when blooms affect public beaches or other areas where there is the risk of human exposure. These actions are typically directed out of local county health departments, most often in consultation with staff from DOH’s Aquatic Toxins Program. The World Health Organization considers levels under 10 micrograms/liter to represent a low-level risk for adverse health outcomes from short-term recreational exposures; however, certain sensitive populations (e.g., children, the elderly and immunocompromised populations) may still be at risk even at low concentrations and should avoid any exposure.

DOH also follows up on reports of pets that may have been exposed to a bloom, since these events may predict potential human health threats.”

Reporting

The state’s bloom response team encourages residents to report algal blooms so that we can respond quickly and effectively.

  • To report a bloom in Lake Okeechobee or the St. Lucie or Caloosahatchee rivers, call the toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report online at www.reportalgalbloom.com.
  • To report human illness or for information on health advisories, contact your local county health department.
  • To report a fish kill, contact FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.