Martin County is fully engaged in providing public protection as a result of deteriorated conditions throughout our waterways, including widespread blue-green algae blooms this past summer. This includes providing public information, establishing signage at waterways advising to avoid contact with the water, keeping people out of the water when blue-green algae is present, and monitoring any reports of illness.
How to Report an Algae Bloom
Blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) has been reported in the waterways in Martin County since early May 2016. Martin County reminds residents they should avoid any contact with algae blooms and stay out of waters where it is present. Please report algae blooms to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at 1-855-305-3903 or online through www.reportalgalbloom.com.
How to Report Suspected Algae-Related Illness
The public is to report any suspected algae-related illness to Department of Health Martin County at 772-221-4000 and Poison Control at 800-222-1222. Information regarding blue-green algae can be found on DOH-Martin website www.MartinCountyHealth.com. Citizens are advised that if they have illness or health effects due to exposure to the algae to see their physician and report it to the Department of Health Martin County.
Impacts on Fish and Wildife
Fish kills or other wildlife impacted by poor water quality should be reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) at 1-800-636-0511 or https://public.myfwc.com/FWRI/FishKillReport/Submit.aspx.
Impacts on Local Businesses
The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center is assisting in assessing the impact that the discharges and algae blooms are having on local businesses. Affected businesses are being requested to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey at: http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda (select the “Lake Okeechobee Discharge-Algal Blooms” event). The survey results will be shared with various federal, state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for affected businesses.
- 2016 Discharge Event and Impact Fact Sheet
- MCTV Video Coverage of Water Crisis
- Water Conditions Reports
- Blue-Green Algae FAQs
- Blue-Green Algae Environmental Monitoring Reports