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Blue-green toxic algae invades Florida river

STUART, FL – JULY 13: Green algae is seen in the St. Lucie River in the vicinity of the Park, the Phipps on July 13, 2018 in Stuart, Florida. Water, the green algae of Lake Okeechobee resumed Friday morning in the Caloosahatchee River and in the St. Lucie River in Port Mayaca. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Florida reels from the ‘red tide’ algae in bloom on the Gulf Coast, a freshwater bloom on the other side of the state has caused blue-green toxic slime will appear in the St. Lucie-River.

LiveScience reports that the blanket of goo is choking the estuary in the vicinity of Florida’s southeastern coast.

Mention of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, TCPalm reports that a recent sample taken from the St. Lucie estuary of the River contained toxic substances that are 10 times the level considered hazardous.

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A sample is taken of the St. Lucie River on Aug. 2 contained a high level of the toxin microcystin, according to the officials. The EPA notes that, while the liver is the primary target of microcystin, it is also one of the skin, eyes, and throat causing.

The PORT MAYACA, FL – JULY 10: Green algae are seen in the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam on Lake Okeechobee on July 10, 2018, in the Port Mayaca, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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TCPalm reports that microcystin can cause nausea and vomiting if it is ingested. Contact with or inhalation of the toxin may lead to skin rash or hay fever symptoms, it adds.

Nutrient pollution from agricultural and urban runoff ensures that the majority of freshwater cyanobacteria or blue-green algae, flowers, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Heavy rains caused Lake Okeechobee to dump water with blue-green algae in rivers and channels. The light green sludge oozed on harbours, dams and rivers.

Last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared an emergency to fight algal blooms caused by Lake Okeechobee discharges into the water.

Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae, can be found in all of Florida’s freshwater and brackish habitats – lakes, rivers and estuaries, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The blue-green algae is different from the red tide algae bloom that is killing marine life on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A salt water algae bloom, the red tide is a natural phenomenon that occurs as a result of the presence of nutrients in the water and an organism called a dinoflagellate. The beaches are littered with dead sea life as a result of the naturally occurring toxic algae.

The red tide was declared an emergency by the Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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