Saturday, June 02, 2012

Caloosahatchee River Advisory Lifted

Algae Bloom Growth Still Possible Says Health Department
LABELLE, FL. -- The Hendry and Glades County Health Departments have lifted the advisory for the Caloosahatchee River waters, but they're still advising people to use caution.

The advisory was first issued in April for the river's freshwater segments from the Moore Haven Locks extending westward through LaBelle to the Lee County Line, and included the river's tributaries because of possible sporadic but potentially harmful algae blooms.

While the advisory is no longer in place, the conditions are still possible for algae growth. Those going in the water to swim or fish, or those letting their pets or livestock go into the water, should still use caution.

If the river waters look greenish, off-color, smells different or if you see dead or distressed animals or marine life, local health officials are recommending folks not to fish in the waters, not to participate in recreation in the waters and do not to drink the water.

To report dead or distressed marine and wildlife call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (863) 648-3200.

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