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Florida DEP confirms blue-green algae in Bradenton as parts of Manatee River turn bright green

Florida's Department of Environmental Protection confirms blue-green algae is present in Bradenton as parts of the Manatee River turn bright green.

Viewers sent us photos along the canals near Ellenton, where they have found dead fish.

A spokesperson for DEP said they can confirm the blue-green algae as it was observed and tested in the Manatee River and nearby canals.

However, the toxicity results are not complete yet.

Ryan McClash said he has spent his entire life in the Bradenton area and has never seen the water like this.

"It's kind of like when they dye the river green in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day, except you get a slime layer on the top and there's little green chunks in it," McClash said.