Fort Lauderdale investigates algae in canal
Fort Lauderdale – A canal that runs through Fort Lauderdale is bright green with algae residents report. And local offices are advising residents to not swim, drink or bath in the green stuff, although that should be obvious to most individuals.
Chaz Adams, a spokesman for the city of Fort Lauderdale, said officials have notified the Florida Department of Environmental Protection about the issue.
Joe Mazella, who lives in the Las Olas Isles neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, noticed the sludge fouling the water near his house and took photos and videos.
“Happy to see my toxic algae videos and photos go viral,” Mazella said. “We must not let Fort Lauderdale waterways fall victim.”
The algae found in Fort Lauderdale’s canals near East Las Olas and Bontona avenues is likely toxic blue-green algae found in freshwater. Officials advise people not to swim near algae blooms and to keep their pets away from the water.
there several things residents can do lessen the impact of an algae bloom:
- Do not fertilize your lawn near the waterways. Fertilizers used in landscaping contain high amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous. Rainwater washes those into the water and feeds the algal bloom.
- Pick up after your pet. Pet waste has high concentrations of nitrogen. Pet waste left on the street or lawn is washed away into the storm drains. All drains lead to the waterways, including canals, rivers, bays and beaches. Do not dispose of pet waste in the waterways.