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New warning about algae in the St. Johns River

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Updated: 10/10/2013 6:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The St. Johns Riverkeeper is warning people to stay away from the green slime.

Tests taken this week found toxic green algae in the river.

The results showed some spots with more than 2,000 micrograms of toxic content, which is 100 times the standard level for recreation at 20 micrograms per liter.

"If you see the green algae, you don't want to touch it," said Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman. "You don't want to fish out of it, you don't want your children or your dogs playing in it. If you come into contact with it, wash it off immediately."

If you don't see the green slime, there's no need to worry.

Rinaman says the city is trying to figure out a way to remove 16,000 septic tanks within 300 meters of the river and its tributaries that feed the water with nutrients that cause toxic algae before a 2015 deadline.

"One of the things that the city is currently looking at is using money that can be used for septic tank removal to buy water quality credits, which is a legal way to meet these deadlines and their obligations," said Rinaman.

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millerplante - 10/12/2013 6:36 PM
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