Notice to Navigation 2020-005 Okeechobee Waterway Algae Notice


US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                         LOCAL NUMBER:2020-005                  
JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT                                      WATERWAY:  OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY             

ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN                                                EFFECTIVE: 07/15/2020 thru 12/31/2020
PO Box 4970


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

Okeechobee Waterway
Public Awareness Notice
15 JULY 2020 to 31 DECEMBER 2020

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. According to the Florida Department of Health, visitors should be aware that water from areas with blue-green algae can make animals and people sick, and they should stay away from these areas. This algae may be blue, bright green, brown or red, and can have a strong odor like rotting plants. People who are very sensitive to smells may have respiratory irritation. If you come into contact with blue-green algae, get out of the area and wash off with soap and water. See your doctor if you think blue-green algae has made you sick.

The following precautions should be taken if you see algae:

◾Do not swim at this location.

◾Avoid getting water in your eyes, nose or mouth.

◾Do not eat shellfish from affected area.

◾Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water. Throw out the guts. Cook fish well.

◾Keep pets and livestock away from affected location.

For Information about algal blooms, visit:

◾The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Quality Status Map at

◾The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Algal Bloom Dashboard at or call 850-245-2118 ◾The Florida Department of Health’s Harmful Algae Blooms web page at health/aquatic-toxins/harmful-algae-blooms/index.html or call 850-245-4250

2.  Contact Information

For up to date Lock information, contact the shift operator 7 AM to 5 PM at:

                St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665 or 863-662-9148

                Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858 or 863-662-9424

                Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414 or 863-662-9533

                Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 or 863- 662-9846

                WP Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451 or 863-662-9908

                Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421 or 863-662-0298 (6 AM to 9:30 PM)

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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Contact Lock Operator

W.P. Franklin Lock          239-694-5451

Ortona Lock                     863-675-0616

Moore Haven Lock          863-946-0414

Port Mayaca Lock           561-924-2858

St. Lucie Lock                  772-287-2665

Canaveral Lock               321-783-5421

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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