Originally published by ABC-7 News on April 26, 2021

People are finding algae in the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Myers Shores and Alva.

The Lee County Health Department sent warnings about the potentially toxic water this week. The county said the Florida Department of Environmental Protection tested it and it was positive for algae organisms.

John Cassani with the Calusa Waterkeeper said there is algae filling canals almost every morning. As the day goes on, the water shifts it around.

“It might be the perfect storm with concurring red tide and blue-green algae which is the worst possible thing that can happen.”

Cassani said we are seeing a similar pattern to 2018 when mats of blue-green algae-filled Lee County canals and red tide killed fish all over our shoreline.

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