The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County has issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in the Highland Beach – Bel Lido Drive and Lake Okeechobee Pahokee Marina Boat Ramp water bodies. This is in response to surface water samples taken on Sept 23rd, 2021 for Highland Beach, and Sept 27th for Lake Okeechobee.
The public should exercise caution in and around this area. This is a recreational surface water alert, drinking water is not affected.
Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:
- Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
- Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly.
- Keep pets away from the Waters where there are algae blooms as they are not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present.
- Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.
- Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts and cook fish well.
- Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae blooms.
For more information visit the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County website.