PALM BEACH POST: Lake O algae bloom balloons to about 200 square miles

PALM BEACH POST: July 8, 2016. Written by Kimberly Miller and Jennifer Sorentrue

The massive algae bloom floating in Lake Okeechobee has grown substantially over the past month, and some environmentalists now estimate the blue-green slime covers more than a quarter of the lake’s surface.

Stephen Davis, a wetland ecologist for the Everglades Foundation, on Friday said the lake’s algae bloom measures roughly 200 square miles — a 500 percent increase from May, when the bloom was measured at 33 square miles.

The Florida Oceanographic Society, based in Stuart, used a July 2 NASA satellite image to estimate that the algae bloom has spread to about 239 square miles.

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