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    • LNM: OWW: Blue Green Algae Alert, Lake Okeechobee, FL

      Vessels navigating the Okeechobee Waterway may encounter potentially toxic Blue Green Algae. Stay out of the water and avoid breathing fumes. If you see the blue-green algae, please send us photos for posting. Thanks!

      Lake Okeechobee Waterway Algae Notice

      a.     33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters

      1. Notice to Navigation

      Based on information provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Health, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advises the public, marinas, and those operating commercial and recreational vessels through the Okeechobee Waterway that there is the potential of encountering Blue Green Algae. According to the Florida Department of Health, visitors should be aware that water from areas with blue-green algae can make animals and people sick, and they should stay away from these areas. This algae may be blue, bright green, brown or red, and can have a strong odor like rotting plants. People who are very sensitive to smells may have respiratory irritation. If you come into contact with blue-green algae, get out of the area and wash off with soap and water. See your doctor if you think blue-green algae has made you sick.

      The following precautions should be taken if you see algae:

      • Do not swim at this location.
      • Avoid getting water in your eyes, nose or mouth.
      • Do not eat shellfish from affected area.
      • Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water. Throw out the guts. Cook fish well.
      • Keep pets and livestock away from affected location.

      For Information about algal blooms, visit:

      1. Contact Information

      For up-to-date Lock information contact the shift operator 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

      St. Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665 or 863-662-9148

      Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858 or 863-662-9424

      Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414 or 863-662-9533

      Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 or 863- 662-9846

      WP Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451 or 863-662-9908

      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421 or 863-662-0298 (6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. Gary Hipkins at or 863-983-8101.

      Gary L. Hipkins
      Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
       Florida Operations


      Erica Skolte
      561-801-5734 (cell)

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