Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
November 22 – December 1, 2022 – Satellite imagery from 12/1 shows no blue-green algae bloom potential on Lake Okeechobee and no significant bloom potential in visible portions of the Caloosahatchee Estuary, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection reported on Friday, Dec. 2.
The most recent usable satellite imagery from 11/30 shows no significant bloom potential in visible portions of the St. Lucie Estuary.
The most recent usable satellite imagery for the St. Johns River from 11/28 showed scattered low bloom potential on visible portions of Lake George and the mainstem of the St. Johns River downstream of Lake George.
There were 12 reported site visits in the past 10 days with 12 samples collected. Algal bloom conditions were observed by samplers at seven of the sites.
On 11/28-12/1, DEP staff performed 10 harmful algal bloom (HAB) response site visits. Dominant algal taxa and cyanotoxin results follow each waterbody name.
- • Lake Marian – Boat Ramp: No dominant algal taxon, trace level (3.2 parts per billion [ppb]) microcystins detected.
- • Moody Lake – SE: Microcystis aeruginosa, trace level (0.44 ppb) microcystins detected.
- • Lake Whistler – At Dock: Microcystis aeruginosa, trace level (0.20 ppb) microcystins detected.
- • Sawgrass Lake – From CWC Dock: Microcystis aeruginosa, trace level (0.59 ppb) microcystins detected.
- • Georges Lake – Center: Microcystis aeruginosa, trace level (1.9 ppb) microcystins detected.
- • Coral Gables Canal – East side: Microcystis aeruginosa, trace level (0.12 ppb) microcystins detected.
- • Lake Estelle – Dorchester and Mills: Results pending.
- • Lake Howell – NW Shore: Results pending.
- • Deep Lake – N Shore: Results pending.
- • Lake Mann – McQueen Park: Results pending.
On 11/29-12/1, St. Johns River Water Management District staff performed two HAB response site visits.
- • Lake Monroe – Center: No dominant algal taxon, no cyanotoxins detected.
- • Lake Jesup – Center: Results pending.
On 11/21, DEP staff performed one site visit at Lake Pickett – SE Corner. There was no dominant algal toxin and no cyanotoxins were detected.
Results for completed analysis are available at FloridaDEP.gov/AlgalBloom.
For detailed breakdowns of blue-green algae sampling across the state, visit the state Department of Environmental Protection.
- HEALTH OFFICIALS LIFT ALERT FOR BLUE-GREEN ALGAE BLOOM FOR LAKE IVANHOE, Orange County Health Department, 11/17/22
- After a decade of intense algal blooms, the Indian River Lagoon is making fragile gains, WUSF, 11/12/22
- Lake Okeechobee leveling off after rains from Hurricane Ian. But there’s still an algae threat, Fort Myers News-Press, Nov 3, 2022
- HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE BLOOM CAUTIONS FOR LAKE PEARL (SOUTHERN SHORE), LAKE COPELAND (SE CORNER), AND STARKE LAKE (BOAT RAMP) — Orange County Health Department, Nov. 3, 2022
- Researchers studying what people could be breathing in from blue-green algae in SWFL, NBC2, 10/31/2022
- Health officials warn of harmful blue-green algae in Polk County lake, Bay News 9. 10/21/2022
- St. Johns River is better, but tributaries need help, according to report and Riverkeeper, Florida Politics, 10/20/2022
Blue-Green Algae statewide dashboard — LIVE map prepared by the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection
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