Lake Weir blue-green algae alert lifted

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Posted May 27, 2021 | Ocala Gazette Staff

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The Florida Department of Health in Marion County on Thursday rescinded a previous health alert warning of blue-green algae bloom in Lake Weir.

Recent tests showed no presence of blue-green algae toxins in the area of the lake’s north shore. Lake visitors can resume their normal water activities, according to the DOH.

The original alert was released on May 17.

Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) can grow in Florida’s freshwater bodies. Large concentrations of these algae, called blooms, can change the water’s color to blue, green, brown, orange, or red. Blue-green algae can grow rapidly and sometimes form a foamy surface scum and an unpleasant odor.

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