Algae still present in Caloosahatchee river, however tests show no toxins

Posted at 2:59 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 14:59:23-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation has released water test results for several points along the Caloosahatchee River.

According to the report, algae is present upstream, east of the Franklin Lock and Alva boat ramp. But the Department of Environmental Protection says toxins have not been detected.

And the conversation report also notes shellfish harvesting in Pine Island Sound is closed due to potential shellfish poisoning.

Meanwhile., local scientists also claim the Caloosahatchee Estuary is receiving more water than it can handle from Lake Okeechobee.  They say right now, discharges are much higher than recommended.

For months, the Army Corps of Engineers has been dumping water into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers to stabilize the lake's level.  But the move has been met with resistance as many believe the pollution in the lake has been fueling recent algae blooms.