That Nose-Wrinkling Odor? An Algae Bloom, St. Pete Says
St. Petersburg officials say the sewers aren’t the cause of a nasty smell near Lassing Park.
ST. PETERSBURG – Residents concerned that there’s a sewer leak in the area near Lassing Park and 22nd Avenue SE can rest easy.
It’s not a sewer-related event, St. Petersburg officials said. Routine water quality samples were taken Thursday (April 12) and show no bacterial pollution concerns at Lassing Park or in
lower Tampa Bay in general.
Staff from the city’s stormwater compliance group and the water quality laboratory who have visited the site said preliminary observations indicate a localized algae bloom. This bloom could possibly be caused by the buildup of wind-blown plant matter that has started to decompose.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been called and asked to evaluate the water quality and take samples. The FWC, as the equipped and responsible agency, will perform an evaluation for the presence of a harmful algae bloom or HAB. For an FWC primer on HABs, click myfwc.com.
Water quality results are posted on St. Petersburg’s recreational water quality webpage: stpete.org.
Photo of Lassing Park courtesy of the city of St. Petersburg.
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