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Water quality update in Cape Coral

Posted at 7:10 AM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 07:32:52-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – The City of Cape Coral released the latest water update.

You may remember that this time last year, the Caloosahatchee river and surrounding canals were hit hard by algae blooms.

The city manager, John Szerlag sent out a water quality memo to present at Monday’s city council meeting. In that memo, officials said blue green algae is currently present in the Caloosahatchee River but the most recent water samples do not contain toxins.

Yet, the city did find algae clumps and dying submerged aquatic plants in both freshwater and saltwater canals. They said this is natural and the material will sink and disappear on it’s own.

As for red tide, that remains to little to no present in Lee County.

And at last check, Lake Okeechobee level is at 10.8 feet.

Keep in mind, that the city’s fertilizer ban took effect over the weekend. The city said the fertilizer contributes to algae blooms so they are enforcing this in order to protect the water.

The ban continues through September 30th.