Spot treatment of blue-green algae proving effective in early stages, experts encouraged

A treatment for blue-green algae seems to be working at least in concentrated areas of the C-44 canal.

Experts say the South Florida Water Management District has been using hydrogen peroxide to help lower the toxicity in the water coming from Lake Okeechobee, stopping the algae from reaching estuaries.

“It’s a good, effective treatment for not only the algae itself or the cyanobacteria, but also the toxins; it reduces the toxin level,” remarked Mark Perry, the executive director and CEO of the Florida Oceanographic Society.

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