The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has issued an alert for the presence of blue-green algae in Lake Apopka.
The alert comes in response to a site visit and water sample taken by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on October 11.
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 Apopka 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.