"As a precaution, I'd say don't eat any fish from anywhere in the lake right now," said Dr. Paul Gray, an Audubon biologist who's been studying Lake O for 30 years. "Even if you don't see algae in the water, there can still be toxins in the water because when the algae dies, the toxins remain."
Our waterways, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean - and everything they support - are under an assault of our own government's making. Except for the Governor, and a handful of decent, committed legislators, there remains a defiance and a lack of urgency from too many.
Mary Radabaugh, manager of Central Marine Stuart, shares a summary of the marina's frequent fight with toxic algae-filled summers.
“In a nutshell, the farmers in the EAA expect us to keep them dry when everything is too wet and keep them wet when everything is too dry. That’s great for them but the only way to do it is wreck the lake, the estuaries, the Everglades, and everyone in South Florida.”
Harmful blue-green algae appears to be blooming on Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River, according to the state's Department of Environmental Protection. Matt Yurus with CBS Miami reports.
Continue reading: CBS4 NEWS: Blue-Green Algae Bloom Found In Florida's Lake Okeechobee
We’ve posted about this human and environmental atrocity for years. Since 2004, there have been 171,000 burns in the Glades region, alone. We now have the perfect person, Nikki Fried, leading the agency - Department of Agriculture - that issues permits for the burns. She can work to deny any request going forward.
Continue reading: SUN SENTINEL: Sugar Companies hit with federal class action lawsuit
“This is my backyard, and I want my backyard back.”
Putting human health, the collapsing conditions in our rivers, estuaries and Everglades ahead of subsidized sugar should have been done decades ago. Enter Brian Mast.
Congressman Brian Mast joins Michael Williams to discuss lake levels. The current paradigm holds water higher than necessary to accommodate Big Sugar. Communities in Martin, Palm Beach, Lee and Collier counties bear the brunt of the damage caused by this “arrangement.”
BIG WIN for the Everglades!
With Governor Ron DeSantis' budget request for $40 million and Senator Rob Bradley fulfilling it, and Congressman Brian Mast, Congressman Francis Rooney, Senator Marco Rubio, and Senator Rick Scott getting the Administration to green light this money, Phase 2 of the bridging of Tamiami Trail is now fully funded.
Though runoff from individual homeowners makes up a fraction of the overall assault on our waterways, we all have a hand in the problem and solution. More than 90 communities in Florida, and counting are course-correcting. It’s past time for the state’s largest polluters of state waterways to be held accountable.
Continue reading WUSF NEWS: Summer Fertilizer Ban Seeks To Protect Florida Waterways
Another algae hitting our shores. "This is 'natural' in the same way that fire is 'natural.’ But clearly, if you throw accelerant on a blaze the conflagration that results is not natural. It seems likely that climate change and nutrient pollution are probably fanning the flames of this particular conflagration."
Continue reading TC PALM: Sargassum seaweed, the good, the bad and the ugly