Originally published by NBC-2 News on May 18, 2021

Blue-green algae is sitting on parts of Lake Okeechobee right now. We’ve also seen the algae streaks in the Caloosahatchee River near Avla and Fort Myers Shores.

The lake is about a foot higher than the Army Corps would like it to be at this time of year. That means higher water releases could come our way during the summer and fall months.

Red Tide has killed fish from Charlotte Harbor South to Barefoot Beach. The toxic water is sticking around longer than expected.

The two blooms could create a problem for us, similar to 2018, when algae stunk up canals in Cape Coral.

The 2018 blooms caused fish to die and wash ashore. Water experts have said something similar could happen to us this year.

“We’re on the verge of what we potentially think is another mega bloom,” Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said.

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