Lee County's Algae Response Timeline
• August 10 - Crews continue to work near the Clipper Bay condos in Cape Coral, north of Cape Coral Bridge and just east of Del Prado Boulevard.
• August 3 - AECOM to begin removing algae in North Fort Myers Waterway Estates Neighborhood
• August 1 - Removal and disposal plan approved by Florida DEP
• July 30 - State approves $700,000 grant for the cleanup in Lee County and affected municipalities, most notably Cape Coral
• July 27 - Lee Board of County Commissioners approves $150,000 for the effort and directs staff to seek state funding for a test project
• July 25 - Florida Department of Environmental Protections opens Florida Harmful Algal Bloom Management Grant Program
• July 23 - The Governor authorizes $3 million for an algae cleanup program
July 9 - Gov. Rick Scott declares state emergency for
algal blooms in seven counties, including Lee County
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection asks that residents continue to report blue-green algae blooms. Even if the report is not for a new bloom, it can provide the department with additional information that it uses in its sampling plans. Persistent and re-occurring blooms are resampled.
To report a bloom, call the toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report online at
Current Status of Test Project
Funds for this test are limited. The county, with its municipal partners, is attempting to maximize the number of canals that can be cleaned with the funding available.
As this test project continues during the next three weeks, algae recovery sites will be determined based on severity of the bloom, the number of residents immediately affected, accessibility of the site and changing environmental conditions.
The county will continue to do aerial and field assessments in order to determine collections sites on a daily basis.
Please continue to monitor this site for updates.