Blue-green algae warning still in effect at Lake Speer

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County says that a blue-green algae bloom caution for Lake Speer that was issued last week is still in effect.

According to FDOH, a health caution for the presence of blue-green algae for Lake Speer was reissued on Monday, July 11, in response to a site visit and water sample taken on Tuesday, July 5.

The sample was taken by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Blue-green algae is a type of bacteria that is common in Florida’s freshwater environments. A bloom occurs when rapid growth of algae leads to an accumulation of individual cells that discolor water and often produce floating mats that emit unpleasant odors. Many types of blue-green algae can produce toxins

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid drinking, swimming, wading, or using personal watercraft at Lake Sue until otherwise notified.

For additional information on potential health effects of algal blooms, visit the Florida Department of Health Aquatic Toxins webpage.

To report a bloom to the FDEP, call 855-305-3903.

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