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Blue-green algae levels are back to ‘normal’ in the Manatee River, DEP says

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An algal bloom in some waters of the Manatee River has been detected by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. No toxins have been present in recent water samples.
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An algal bloom in some waters of the Manatee River has been detected by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. No toxins have been present in recent water samples.

Algae levels in the Manatee River are back to “normal,” according to the latest weekly update on blue-green algae from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Algal blooms were not detected at all in two Manatee County site visits, FDEP officials said. The news comes about three weeks after thick algae blooms were found clogging waterways at Robinson Preserve and in the Manatee River.

“The Manatee River conditions have improved to normal,” the DEP wrote in its report.

The Braden River, however, still has a “slight green tint,” officials said, and additional sampling will be conducted soon. The recent bloom attracted attention from local politicians who toured Robinson Preserve along with county staff to experience the issue firsthand at the end of June.

To report a freshwater algal bloom or to request information about blue-green algae, call FDEP at (855) 305-3903.

Thick algae in some of the waterways at Robinson Preserve, thought to be blue-green algae and grasses, created a bit of a stink and tough paddling for kayakers.

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Ryan Callihan is the Bradenton Herald’s County Reporter, covering local government and politics. On the weekends, he also covers breaking news. Ryan is a graduate of USF St. Petersburg.
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