Will the ACOE “Dump” a Toxic Algae Bloom from Lake Okeechobee Into Our SLR/IRL?


Blue-green algae is often toxic.  4-23-15, Kenny Hinkle.
Blue-green algae this bright is usually toxic. This is a photo from just outside of Lake Okeechobee taken yesterday. 4-23-15, Kenny Hinkle.

Yesterday, a blue-green algae bloom was documented at S-308 just east of Lake Okeechobee/C-44 Port Mayaca, by Kenny Hinkle and Mike Connor: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7CglO2z33E&spfreload=10)

You hear it all the time, and it most things considered, it makes sense: “Flood control…”

The Army Corp of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District “HAVE TO” dump from Lake Okeechobee because when its waters are “too high,” it endangers the people and the farms south of the lake.

But what about us? What the thousands of people who live, fish, and boat along our estuary? Are we protected?

Blue-green algae, cyanobacteria, produces two groups of toxins, neurotoxins and peptide hepatotoxins. Great. Is this what our government should be releasing into our waters? This is a fresh water bacteria and it comes from the lake not the brackish estuary. But after our estuary has been “dumped on” by all the area canals, with an overabundance of fresh water, or an overabundance of water from the lake, the microcytosis  can live here!


Let’s think about this. 

The first responsibility for any government is the “health, safety and welfare” of its people. That is my responsibility as an elected official in the Town of Sewall’s Point. 

So when circumstances are as they are today, or at least yesterday–and there was documentation of what clearly appears to be a blue-green algae bloom, most likely toxic,  on the eastern side of Lake Okeechobee at S-308, am I supposed to remain quiet? I think not, and nor should you.

The ACOE is scheduled to start dumping  today. I admit, that the ACOE, SFWMD, governor, and legislature are in a difficult position having to  protect one group at the expense of another, but somebody better figure it out.


Map of where bloom was located yesterday. (Kenny Hinkle, 4-23-15.)
Map of where bloom was located yesterday. (Kenny Hinkle, 4-23-15.)
Photo 4-23-15, Kenny Hinkle.
Photo 4-23-15, Kenny Hinkle.
Photo 4-23-15. Kenny Hinkle.
Photo 4-23-15. Kenny Hinkle.


The dumping of blue-green algae in Lake O  waters is what led to the toxic “Lost Summer” of  2013, and the fish kills and toxic waters of 2005 in the SLR/IRL.

Microcystis: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microcystis_aeruginosa)

ACOE: (http://www.saj.usace.army.mil)

2 thoughts on “Will the ACOE “Dump” a Toxic Algae Bloom from Lake Okeechobee Into Our SLR/IRL?

  1. Algie kills when all the bacteria eating on it consume all the oxygen in the water. It is obvious in the photo nutriants (locked in acid) have come in contact with calcium somewhere.It is the same as when I put buckets of sand in a retention pond. I have put just a few buckets in very big retention ponds and the next year ducks could walk across the pond on the algie. Now pond is normal with fish and creatures.Adding sand in curret in hot summer months STOPS fish kills from lack of oxygen. I am starting to think grass dieing in 2011 may have been due to an imbalance of mullet. Mullet are like a lawn mower when it comes to sea grass. They are an important part of the cycle in that if grass grows to long before roots go deep storms will pull them out. If their are too many mullet and preditors can not keep them off the grass then starvation will force them to eat everything. This is NOT theory to me no more than the sky is cloudy or blue is theory to you—I see it every day. I know you would like to choke me but thank you for reading anyway

  2. It is amazing how mask was preserved in muck for thousands of years. Even the dies that colored it! Toxins that happen during algie blooms have probably been preserved just like the mask. Think of how many years people have been spraying poisons in canals.Toxins were probably released buy the same process that created algie. The Kennidy space has been dealing with chemical issues for many years and they have one of the best kept preserves on the east coast.

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