Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response

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The Report Algal Blooms hotline and online submission form are for freshwater blue-green algae reports only. To report red tide blooms, visit the FWC Red Tide Status website.

Freshwater Algal Bloom Frequently Asked Questions

Algal Bloom Sampling Results

Beach Closures

Health Concerns and Wildlife Impacts

Algal Bloom Response Team

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This is an example of what blue-green algae can look like, however, it is impossible to determine algal identification and toxicity simply by sight. All blue-green bloom observances should be reported to DEP.

To ensure the health and safety of our state’s residents and visitors, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is committed to keeping Floridians updated  on current algal blooms and how the state is responding to protect human health, water quality and the environment.

DEP, the five water management districts (WMDs), the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) all work together to respond to algal blooms, each with a specific role. This “bloom response team” coordinates activities based upon the nature of the bloom event.

DEP and Florida’s water management districts frequently monitor Florida’s water quality, and routinely collect algal bloom samples as soon as they are observed as part of this effort. In addition, staff can be deployed to take additional samples in response to reported blooms – whether from a citizen, other response team agencies or other sources.

The algal bloom response team takes all algal blooms seriously and all federal, state and local agencies will continue to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible to both observed and reported algal blooms to ensure the health and safety of Floridians, visitors and our natural resources.

Recent Monitoring and Testing Information

 

During the week of Aug. 14, DEP and South Florida and St. Johns River water management district staff were deployed to survey and collect samples at approximately 11 locations statewide. Surveyed sites included Lake Okeechobee, Doctors Lake, Dolphin Canal and along the St. John’s River. These locations included a resampling of the Canal Point S352, a site where a sample was collected, but toxins had not been detected the week before. The sampling results from the week of Aug. 14 indicate toxins were detected at the Canal Point S352 and Lake Okeechobee L004 sites. Information regarding these monitoring activities is available on the interactive map.

During the week of Aug. 21, DEP and the water management districts will continue to respond to reported algal blooms as well as perform routine monitoring. Persistent blooms are routinely monitored and retested, and staff also regularly review satellite imagery and aerial photography, when available, to inform the development of daily sampling plans.

Who to Contact

The state’s bloom response team encourages residents to report algal blooms so that we can respond quickly and effectively.

Report Blue-Green Algae Blooms:

Red Tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms:

  • The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s (FWRI) HAB group monitors more than 100 locations around the state to detect nuisance, harmful and toxic algal blooms, including Florida red tide.
  • Red Tide Frequently Asked Questions
  • View the statewide Red Tide Current Status.
  • Latest Red Tide Status Report Available by Phone
    • Call 866-300-9399 at any time from anywhere in Florida to hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state. Callers outside of Florida can dial 727-552-2448. Standard calling charges apply.

Health Concerns:

Florida Department of Health issues health advisories when algal bloom conditions present a potential risk to human health.

Report Wildlife Impacts:

The FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) maintains this hotline through a federally funded project to survey fish-related diseases and mortalities.

Beach Closure Information:

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