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BLUE/GREEN ALGAE

WHAT IS BLUE-GREEN ALGAE?

Blue-green algae are 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.

Some environmental factors that contribute to blue-green algae blooms are sunny days, warm water temperatures, still water conditions and excess nutrients. Blooms can appear year-round but are more frequent in summer and fall. Many types of blue-green algae can produce toxins.
 

IS IT HARMFUL?

Blue-green algae blooms can impact human health and ecosystems, including fish and other aquatic animals.
 

For additional information on potential health effects of algal blooms, visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins .
 

PROTECTING FLORIDA TOGETHER
Find current information about Florida’s water quality status and public health notifications for harmful algal blooms and beach conditions by visiting http://www.ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov. Protecting Florida Together is the state’s joint effort to provide statewide water quality information to prioritize environmental transparency and commitment to action.
 

WHAT DO I DO IF I SEE AN ALGAL BLOOM?

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) collects and analyzes algal bloom samples. To report a bloom to DEP, call the toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report online.
 

To report fish kills, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute at 1-800-636-0511.
 

Report symptoms from exposure to a harmful algal bloom or any aquatic toxin to the Florida Poison Information Center, call 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a poison specialist immediately.
 

Contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has become ill after consuming or having contact with blue-green algae contaminated water.

If you have other health questions or concerns about blue-green algae blooms, please call the Florida Department of Health in Hendry at (863)-302-6021.

 

 

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

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MAILING ADDRESS

Hendry County Emergency Management
 

Post Office Box 2340

LaBelle, Florida  33935

 

 

MAKE A PLAN NOW

 

You can do this ahead of an emergency:


Establish a Personal Support network

Post your emergency instructions on the refrigerator

Visit FloridaDisaster.org for more planning information

 

GENERATOR SAFETY

CLICK LINKS BELOW FOR GENERATOR SAFETY INFORMATION

Generator Safety Video

Generator Safety (English)

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CHECK YOUR FLOOD ZONE

Click here to check the flood zone of your address

 

 

 



Hendry County Emergency Management
4425 West State Road 80
LaBelle, Florida 33935 
863-674-5400