River competition takes place amid toxic algae concerns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds turned up for the "Up the River Downtown" 10k swim event, despite the sightings of green slime in the St. Johns River near downtown Jacksonville.
Participates started at Jacksonville University and made their way up the river to the Fuller Warren Bridge with few difficulties Saturday.
Testing came back earlier this week showing there are toxic levels in the river, and Action News found out that departments aren't doing their part to keep the river algae-free.
According to the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the results came back below the recommended threshold for recreational exposure.
"Up the River Downtown" was organized to bring attention to making the river healthier, and to benefit the Special Olympics.
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