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Health Department issues river advisory

By Staff | Apr 11, 2012

The Lee County Health Department is advising the public to be cautious before exposing themselves, pets or livestock to the brackish and fresh water of the Caloosahatchee River and its tributaries due to sporadic but potentially harmful algal blooms.

It is recommended not to fish, participate in recreational activities or drink the water if:

*The water appears greenish or off color

*The water smells different

*Dead or distressed animal and marine life are present.

Algae may grow in lakes, canals and rivers of the county for the foreseeable future. There are a large number of these fresh water bodies, making it impractical to track the algae conditions in all areas. A warning will be issued if toxic blooms are identified in public areas.

Source: Lee County Health Department