Army Corps will continue Lake O releases despite algae found in St. Lucie River

Lake Okeechobee discharges have not sparked toxic algae blooms in the St. Lucie River yet, but Treasure Coast scientists, residents and business owners are worried about the impending possibility.

However, conditions are right for a "major algae bloom" and the risk of it being toxic will increase as the water temperature increases into summer, said Mark Perry, a scientist and executive director of the nonprofit Florida Oceanographic Society in Stuart.

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