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Algal Bloom on Santa Fe River - A Warning

Discussion in 'We Are Water Project!' started by Jill Heinerth, May 24, 2012.

  1. Jill Heinerth

    Jill Heinerth RebreatherPro ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: High Springs, Florida
    Photographer and Environmentalist John Moran has written a story in the Gainesville Sun today. That article also comes with a notice from the Alachua County Health Department about conditions on the Santa Fe River upstream of Poe Springs (which is upstream of Ginnie). We're in a bad way folks.

    Algae develops on drought-depleted Santa Fe River | Gainesville.com

    Besides doing a rain dance this weekend, please be aware of our growing crisis. Conserve water and share this information with others. Ultimately we have to lower use and curtail further permits that have over allocated our precious resources.

    Notice for Santa Fe River in Alachua County
    Below is a press release that came out at 11:45 on 5/24. Click HERE to view the original.
    ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Health Department is asking the public to be aware that an algal bloom has been identified in the Santa Fe River near High Springs between the Highway 27 bridge and upstream of Poe Springs in Alachua County.
    On May 21, 2012, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department collected water samples which contained the algae Anabaena circinalis. In Florida, this algae has not been confirmed to produce toxins and health effects have not been documented in the past. The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Environmental Protection will continue to coordinate monitoring activities for this algal bloom.
    The Alachua County Health Department recommends avoiding contact with any visible algal blooms, participating in recreational activities including fishing, or drinking the water when there is the following:

    • An algal bloom has been identified
    • Water appears greenish or off color
    • Water has an foul odor
    • Dead or distressed animals are spotted
    If there is contact with an algal bloom, wash with fresh water and soap, and avoid swallowing or inhaling water. Keep pets out of the water. If a pet has entered water where a bloom is located, do not let them drink the water, eat pond scum, or lick their fur.
    For additional health information on harmful algal blooms, visit the Florida Department of Health's website.
    If citizens are experiencing health effects, they should contact their local health provider or the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7930.

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