NEWS PRESS: Algae, red tide provide our burning water moment

News Press: Rae Ann Wessel. September 7, 2018.

In 1969, a river caught on fire. The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland Ohio had finally had enough. Enough industrial pollution from decades of discharges that the river started burning. The pollution was tolerated and over looked as the cost of doing business.

But it got the attention of lawmakers and with public outcry sparked changes that addressed the causes.

You've heard the old adage if you don't learn from history you are doomed to repeat it?

Well, hello Florida residents, taxpayers, visitors and elected officials; the toxic algae and nearly yearlong red tide are poisoning our waters. It is Florida's burning water moment.

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