'Real toxic levels:' Blue-green algae bloom crisis escalates in Lake Okeechobee
The algae problem in Lake Okeechobee is becoming more prevalent. The blue-green algae is now even visible on the canal-side of the Port Mayaca Lock, which means it is now starting to spread.
“It’s all throughout this portion of the waterway, it’s really pretty thick," said Florida Oceanographic Society Executive Director and CEO, Mark Perry, holding up a bag containing a sample of water from the St. Lucie Canal, just outside of the Port Mayaca Lock. "It’s really bad. I mean, from what we’ve seen earlier like in June, and now into July, this has got to be one of the worst blooms.”