Big Agriculture choking our waterways

By Brion Blackwelder, Marc Yaggi August 8, 2016 Sun-Sentinel Shocking images of guacamole-like toxic algae in Florida focused national attention on how something that sounds innocuous — nutrient pollution — can cause tremendous economic damage to tourism, boating and fishing industries, and severe danger to public health and wildlife. If history is any guide, the […]

Report: Half of Florida lakes’ surface have ‘elevated’ algae levels

By Jim Waymer August 5, 2016 Florida Today Florida waters are growing greener, saltier and more toxic in some parts, according to a new report on the state’s waters. The report from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows a mixed bag for the state’s waters, with many trending toward more-frequent toxic algae blooms, fueled […]

Another massive algae bloom begins in Martin County

BY JANA ESCHBACH CBS12 August 1, 2016 STUART (CBS12) — It’s been only a few days since a full moon high tide washed away a foot-deep sludge of toxic algae to sea out of local canals and marinas in Palm City and Stuart. Now, scientists say a second massive bloom is just beginning in Martin […]

Mark Woods: This news really stinks

By Mark Woods Jacksonville Times Union Jacksonville.com July 23, 2016 Be grateful that the wonders of modern technology don’t include scratch-and-sniff newspapers, because this column really stinks. I know some of you will say that’s nothing new. But today I’m writing about what’s happening this summer in parts of Florida — massive algae blooms. You’ve […]

Algae state of emergency extended in Martin County

BY GARY DETMAN CBS 12 July 20, 2016 The algae state of emergency in Martin County has been extended for another week. It’s the 4th week in a row for the state of emergency. The provision frees up funding and resources to fight the algae problem., including the use of volunteer workers, equipment rentals, and […]

Florida can pay for algae recovery on its own, FEMA says

By Isadora Rangel TC Palm July 18, 2016 Florida has enough money to handle the Treasure Coast algae crisis on its own and without federal help, a Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman said Monday. Gov. Rick Scott failed to prove the state isn’t able to handle the “severity and magnitude” of the blooms in his […]

WPTV: Treasure Coast residents head to Washington DC for Lagoon Action Day

By Andrew Ruiz WPTV.com STUART, Fla. – Activists are headed to Washington D.C. for Lagoon Action Day. The plan is to show lawmakers the results of the discharges from Lake Okeechobee and the harmful effects it’s having. Since the blue-green algae struck the Treasure Coast people have shown passion for ending the discharges and finding alternatives […]

To get rid of toxic algae, end farms’ special status

By Randy Schultz Sun-Sentinel July 6, 2016 As Florida’s latest environmental crisis has blossomed, Gov. Rick Scott has done what he does in every crisis: blame someone else. Martin County made national news in a bad way over the weekend. Toxic algae blooms had closed beaches and fouled inland waterways. A similar outbreak in 2013 […]

Miami Herald: Tally fails to rally to protect our water

MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD The Miami Herald July 3, 2016 Just in time for the July 4 weekend, a massive algae bloom sprouted on Florida’s Treasure Coast last week, fouling the waters, estuaries and beaches and posing the threat of further damage to the entire ecosystem around Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. These are the […]

The Weather Channel: 2 Florida Counties Added to Algae Bloom Emergency

2 Florida Counties Added to Algae Bloom Emergency; Government Reducing Water Releases From Lake Okeechobee By Eric Chaney Published on weather.com July 1, 2016 Florida Gov. Rick Scott Thursday added two counties to the state of emergency declared over bright blue-green algae blooms that are taking over waterways and beaches on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Scott issued […]