BREAKING NEWS: Possible Algal Bloom in Palm City

Toxic_Algae_Palm_City.jpgReported in TC Palm on May 18, 2015: What appears to be a blue-green algae bloom is in a canal behind houses on Mooring Drive. The telltale green slick stretches behind about four backyard docks in the short, dead-end canal, just north of the Old Palm City Bridge. Allen Winchel said he first saw “a trace” of the algae along the dock behind his house Saturday morning. “It started forming into a bloom on Sunday,” Winchel said Monday morning. “Now it’s a lot worse.”

After a month-long hiatus, the Army Corps of Engineers began discharging Lake Okeechobee water to the C-44 Canal and the St. Lucie River on May 1, despite a toxic blue-green algae bloom along the eastern shore of the lake and in the far western end of the canal. Corps officials said moving the water the 25 miles east to the river would break up the bloom, and salt water in the river estuary will finish it off. Tests by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam, where the canal dumps into the river, have consistently shown no algae-related toxins in the water. But apparent algae blooms have been seen on both the upstream and downstream sides of the dam.  For more info click here for full TC Palm Story

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