[20th May, 2014] If people are looking to keep tabs on algae blooms in the St. Johns River, answers are now only a click away. The St. Johns River Water Management District released a page on its website — floridaswater.com/lbwqnews — last… week dedicated to tracking algae blooms and keeping First Coast residents updated on those blooms, according to a district news release. The website will provide regular blog updates on blooms, their location and whether they are toxic.
So far this month, scientists have found two blooms. One is near the mouth of Dunns Creek and the other is near NAS Jacksonville.
The website also will include information about projects to restore and protect the river, such as projects to keep waste out of the river and remove waste already in the river.
Algae blooms are caused by too much potassium or phosphorus in the river, which gets there from failing septic systems and fertilizer runoff from farms and landscaping. The waste causes vast swaths of green algae to grow on the surface of the river. Sometimes, that algae is toxic.
A massive poisonous algae bloom in the St. Johns River in October 2013 prompted health concerns, and officials encouraged residents to stay out of the water until the algae cleared up.
Photo caption: St. Johns Riverkeeper: This algae bloom was photographed in the Arlington area last August.
Meredith Rutland, The Florida Times Union
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