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On June 29th,, 2016 Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 16-155 declaring a state of emergency in Martin and St. Lucie Counties following the presence of algae blooms in local waterways. On June 30th the order was amended to include Lee and Palm Beach counties also. The order mentions specific growth rates of 1200 cubic feet per second since May 27th 2016, where Lake Okeechobee discharges in to the St. Lucie River and Estuary.