WPTV: Scientists suspect water spilling into Gulf from Lake Okeechobee is intensifying the red tide crisis

WPTV: Written by Ashleigh Walters. October 23, 2018.

Scientists are searching for answers as two different toxins, red tide and algae blooms, pose concerns on both coasts of Florida.

Sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and hundreds of thousands of fish have washed ashore dead on Florida’s Gulf Coast and littered the east coast of the state across the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast.

Meanwhile, rivers and canals have been stained green with stinky, toxic algae formed from blooms on Lake Okeechobee.

“It’s the perfect storm of a nightmare that won’t seem to go away,” explained boat captain Chris Wittman.

Wittman was born and raised on the San Carlos Bay near Fort Myers. He’s on a mission to save the waterways, ferrying scientists who are searching for the source of pollution that’s killing marine life. They want to know why the toxins are more intense and lasting longer than in past years.

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