Algae Bloom in Caloosahatchee River

Gov. Scott Issues Emergency Order to Combat Algal Blooms in South Florida

Gov. Rick Scott issued an emergency order in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties on July 9 to help combat algal blooms caused by Lake Okeechobee water discharges from the Army Corps of Engineers. Read Executive Order No. 18-191 (Emergency Management - Lake Okeechobee Discharge/Algae Blooms).

Department of Health: Avoid Contact with Algae

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County Issued a Health Advisory June 28, 2018 for Alva Boat Ramp, Davis Boat Ramp and Franklin Locks based on water sampling results from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that found blue-green algae. Get more information.

​Visitors and beach-goers: 

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

Fort Myers BeachThe 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 otherharmful algal blooms (HABs) along area beaches and the Caloosahatchee River.


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 & Vicinity Water Levels​South Florida Water Management District

 Blue-Green Algae FAQ 

 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.