WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Hotline Launched For Algal Bloom Sightings

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is inviting people to use a hotline to report algal bloom sightings. Florida residents can call in reports to the toll free number at 1-855-305-3903.

This follows a state of emergency in two South Florida counties because of blue-green algae.

There’s also a website: www.reportalgalbloom.com,  where people can report where and when they saw a new algal bloom.

The website asks for information about the color and smell of the algae, whether there are dead fish or other wildlife present, and whether the person reporting the bloom is showing any symptoms of ill health.

Over the weekend, beaches in Martin County were closed because of blue green algae.

The DEP said the majority of the algal blooms sampled so far indicate extremely low levels of toxins.

Water released from Lake Okeechobee is blamed for what officials describe as, ‘guacamole thick’ algae in the St. Lucie River.

The army corps of engineers reduced the flow of water from the lake this week.

The South Florida Water Management district said it’s also asking private property owners, like Florida Power and Light, to store more water on their land to help reduce the flow from the lake.

Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida news, updates on special programs and more.

Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »