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Localized Algae Bloom Source of Odor Near Lassing Park

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 14, 2017) The city has received calls regarding water quality and odor concerns near Lassing Park and 22nd Ave. SE. This is NOT a sewer related event. Routine water quality samples were taken yesterday (04/12/2017) and show no bacterial pollution concerns at Lassing Park or in Lower Tampa Bay in general. Water Quality Results are posted on the city of St. Petersburg’s Recreational Water Quality Webpage: http://www.stpete.org/water/waterquality.php

 Expert staff from the city’s stormwater compliance group and the water quality laboratory have visited the site. Preliminary observations indicate a localized algae bloom. This bloom could possibly be caused by the buildup of wind-blown plant matter that has started to decompose. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has been called and asked to evaluate the water quality and take samples. The FWC, as the equipped and responsible agency, will perform an evaluation for the presence of a Harmful Algae Bloom or HAB.  A link to the FWC primer on HAB’s is below.

http://myfwc.com/media/2668161/HabPrimer_10%2016%202013_4web.pdf

 Please continue to monitor the city’s Recreational Water Quality Webpage for more details as they become available.

 

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