CBS NEWS: Toxic algae a slimy mess for Florida's Lake Okeechobee

CBS NEWS: Written by Manuel Bojorquez. July 6, 2018.

PORT MAYACA, Fla. -- Rain, heat and pollutants have caused an outbreak oftoxic algae blooms, which can cause health problems. Now, lawmakers in Florida want the governor to declare a state of emergency over an algae problem at Lake Okeechobee, the aquatic lifeblood of South Florida.

Chris Wittman said he's been fishing in southwest Florida his entire life, but the once postcard-perfect summer waters are becoming fouled by slimy and toxic green algae.

"It's not looking good for the future," Wittman said. "I mean, I've canceled my trips the last few weeks because of this issue. I'm not on the water as much as I once was."

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