Alert issued after blue-green algae blooms found at Lake Minnehaha

Health officials in Orange County have issued a blue-green algae alert for Lake Minnehaha.

On Friday, Florida Department of Health in Orange County officials issued a blue-green algae alert for Lake Minnehaha in response to site visits and water samples taken on Tuesday, February 20 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The alert is the second this month for the lake.

Algae blooms have the potential to produce toxins that may be harmful to visitors and local wildlife. Health officials are emphasizing the importance of exercising caution when near them and are advising residents and visitors to not drink, swim, wade, or use personal watercraft in waters where blooms are present.

Visitors to Lake Minnehaha should avoid getting algal water in eyes, noses, or mouths, and pets and livestock should be kept away from the waters until the alerts are lifted, according to health officials.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection collects algae samples from reported bloom locations for toxin analysis. Once completed, the results are posted through the department’s website.

To report an algal bloom, visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection algal bloom monitoring and response webpage.

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