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Tests on algae reveal St. Johns River is safe for recreational use

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Updated: 9/06/2013 12:22 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The St. Johns riverkeeper announced on Friday that test results on algae taken from the St. Johns River show the river is safe for recreational use.

Action News first reported on Tuesday that the river tested positive for green bloom.

The algae is coming from nutrient pollution from local soils and storm runoff.

Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman said lab tests reveal the algae is releasing toxin levels below the World Health Organization's recommended threshold for recreational use. However, the detected levels are still above the threshold for drinking water.

The Up The River 10K Swim and Flotilla is still scheduled to happen on Saturday. Swimmers are currently evaluating the potential health risks from exposure to the algae.
Check the JumpingFish website for the latest update regarding the swim and flotilla.

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