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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Summer storms each day keeps algae at bay

Published 7/6/2008
Summer storms that are soaking Northeast Florida also may be holding down algae on the St. Johns River, but a water manager said blooms could still pop up any day.

Northeast Florida's algae generally comes in two varieties, tiny blue-green types that can look like paint floating on the water, and larger plant-like types that anchor themselves on underwater grass and other targets just below the water's surface.

This year, researchers are finding far more blue-greens, which are more likely to produce toxins.

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