SFWMD: Lake Okeechobee Algae Clean-Up Is Almost Done

Cleanup of toxic algae at the Pahokee Marina is expected to wrap up this week.

The South Florida Water Management District started having the noxious algae vacuumed out of Lake Okeechobee last week and the agency on Monday claimed three-fourths of it has been removed.

A sign warns visitors and boaters of the possible health risks, telling people not to swim there and to avoid getting water in their eyes, nose or mouth.

The District prepared to be at the marina on Tuesday to take water samples. It could be done by Thursday.

The total cost of the clean-up is expected to run around $200,000.

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