TC PALM: Where's the urgency as algae bloom grows in Lake Okeechobee?

TC Palm: Written by Gil Smart. July 27, 2017. 

Remember the mean, green summer of '16?

Hike out to Lake Okechobee if you want to see the sequel.

There, the waters are turning emerald. Videos posted on Facebook show green tides gently lapping the shore at Port Mayaca.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection last week confirmed the green stuff is cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. Two samples taken over the past 30 days tested positive for Dolichospermum circinale. That's different from the dominant toxin in last year's bloom, microcystin, but can still be nasty; according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Dolichospermum circinale is a neurotoxin, affecting the central nervous system.

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