Notice to Navigation: 2019-009 Lake Okeechobee Waterway Algae Notice


US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                         LOCAL NUMBER:2019-009                      
JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT                                      WATERWAY:  OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY             

ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN                                                EFFECTIVE: 07/03/2019 00:00 thru 10/31/2019 24:00 EST 
PO Box 4970


POC: Gary Hipkins, South Florida Operations Office, 863-983-8101


Okeechobee Waterway
Public Awareness Notice
3 JULY 2019 to 31 OCTOBER 2019

a.     33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
1. Notice to Navigation

Based on information provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Health, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advises the public, marinas, and those operating commercial and recreational vessels through the Okeechobee Waterway that there is the potential of encountering Blue Green Algae. The following precautions should be taken if you see algae:

  • You should not swim at this location.
  • Avoid getting water in your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • You should not eat shellfish from affected area.
  • Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water. Throw out the guts. Cook fish well.
  • You should keep pets and livestock away from affected location.

More information about algae is available from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at 850-245-2118 or at Additional information is also available from the Florida Department of Health at 850-245-4250 or at health/aquatic-toxins/harmful-algae-blooms/index.html.

2.  Contact Information

  1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. Gary Hipkins at or 863-983-8101.

Gary L.Hipkins
Chief Navigation & Flood Risk
South Florida Operations

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P. O. Box 4970
Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
South Florida Operations Office
525 Ridgelawn Road
Clewiston, FL 33440-5399
Phone: 863-983-8101