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Pictures show algae building up along Caloosahatchee River

Posted: 9:58 AM, Jan 10, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-10 09:58:02-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- We're waiting to get answers on whether there is toxic algae in the Caloosahatchee River again.

Pictures shared by Calusa Waterkeeper show what they say is cyanobacteria blooms returning to the river.

Wind from the north is piling it up in canals on the south bank, in the upper estuary at Davis Road Boat Ramp, Fort Myers Shores, and upstream of the Franklin Lock.

They say the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has taken samples. Results for toxins are pending.

A heavy bloom of blue-green algae happened in the river in summer 2018.