TC PALM: Highly toxic blue-green algae at dam where Lake O waters enter St. Lucie River

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. August 29, 2018.

Highly toxic blue-green algae — nearly 50 times the level considered hazardous — has been reported at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam, where Lake Okeechobee enters the St. Lucie River.

A bloom immediately upstream of the dam sampled Aug. 23 contained the toxin microcystin at a level of 495.06 parts per billion, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection reported late Tuesday.

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