Algal Blooms

Jacksonville's Environmental Quality Division Chief Melissa Long explains the Microbe-Lift study at a testing pond in San Marco.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville is launching a study to see just how effective a bacteria-based technology is at removing nitrogen from water bodies, a leading driver of harmful algal blooms.

Green algae bloom in Palatka.
Sam Carr

The St. Johns Riverkeeper says multiple blue-green algal blooms have been reported in the Welaka, Satsuma and Palatka areas of Florida.

Blue green algae in the St. Johns River.
Edie Widder / St. Johns Riverkeeper

During a presentation on nutrient loads caused by septic systems before the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government, Dr. Brian E. Lapointe, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University, said septic tanks are a major factor behind a recent spike in harmful algal blooms. A problem that, in his opinion, is “the most important and urgent issue facing our state.”

St. Johns Riverkeeper

A blue-green algae bloom in Doctors Lake is posing a serious health risk to swimmers.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida environmental officials want to hear from boaters who spot potentially dangerous algae on and around the St. Johns River.

Mark Sadowski / Flickr

The Duval County Health Department is reminding people to avoid algae in the St. Johns River.

Health officials want people to know the dangers of blue-green algae in the St. Johns.

Kevin Meerschaert

Environmentalists around the state are protesting two bills in the legislature they say will lead to more algal blooms in the St. Johns River and other waterways.