Lee County empathizes with our sister counties on the east coast and is intimately familiar with the challenges associated with water-quality issues. Lee County Commissioners remain vigilant in addressing water-quality concerns that could impact our community. 

Current Conditions:

  • No significant blue-green algae blooms

 Algae is a naturally occurring phenomena that is typical in Florida, particularly during summer.


Visitors and beach-goers: View beach-cams and get other quick info.

How Do I Find Current Water Conditions for Area Beaches and the Caloosahatchee River?


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The Florida Department of Health in Lee County participates in the Healthy Beaches Program. Thirteen Lee County beaches are sampled and monitored weekly for bacteria. View results of the samples and any posted weekly advisories by clicking on the first link the chart below.


The chart below also contains current and forecast conditions for red tide and other harmful algal blooms (HABs) along area beaches and the Caloosahatchee River.



Beach & River Conditions Source

Beach Health Advisory Status

Florida Department of Health's Florida Healthy Beaches Program
Current Beach Conditions

MOTE Marine Laboratory
Red Tide Current Status

Florida Fish  and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Algal Blooms Monitoring and Response

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Lake Okeechobee Water Level​South Florida Water Management District

What is the Blue-Green Algae State of Emergency and What Does It Mean for Lee County?

Gov. Rick Scott issued an Executive Order in late June for Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties on the east coast and Lee County on the west coast related to blue-green algae. 

That set in motion a series of events to help mitigate conditions that existed on the east coast, including limiting the flow of water into Lake Okeechobee and reducing discharges to the east and the west from the lake. 

The inclusion of Lee County in the Executive Order ensures Lee County receives fair treatment and triggers additional resources to help combat poor water quality if such conditions occur.


Lee County Additional Links & Resources:

Lee County Commissioners have made decades of significant funding commitments in the tens of millions of dollars to water-related projects and infrastructure, as reflected in the documents below. Lee County staff from various departments – including Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation, the Visitor & Convention Bureau, and the Economic Development Office – continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.