No signs of blue-green algae in Lake O; releases to Caloosahatchee could end soon

Reporter: Andrea Guerrero Writer: Jack Lowenstein
Credit: WINK News.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says there are no signs of blue-green algae in Lake Okeechobee Friday. Many in Southwest Florida feared recent releases to the Caloosahatchee River could bring flashbacks of the 2018 water crisis.

The Corps said it could decide to reduce Lake O releases and possibly even stop them as early as next week.

The Corps began sending massive amounts of water to the Caloosahatchee a couple of weeks ago and warned us the releases could last a month or more.

So far so good. There have been no heavy rains adding water to Lake O during this time. If that continues, the Corps is hopeful it can slow the releases both east and west.

There’s more good news. While there’s algae in the lake as usual, there are no current signs of algae in the Caloosahatchee. Experts say they are checking as many as three times a day.

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