TC PALM: Written by Tyler Treadyway. June 15, 2018.
Fertilizing farms with partially treated human waste should be banned if there's proof it's damaging water quality, two Treasure Coast legislators said Friday.
Several environmentalists believe the sewage sludge, known as Class B biosolids, being spread on nearby pastures helped feed a "very highly hazardous" toxic algae bloom found this week in Blue Cypress Lake, the headwaters of the St. Johns River.
The Florida Legislature in 2012 banned such biosolids, but only in the Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee River and St. Lucie River watersheds.
“The biosolids restrictions contained in (the limited ban law) should be extended to other areas of Florida where water contamination has been documented,” Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican, said Friday.