Martin County leaders worry new algae bloom could be as bad as the first one this summer

By Jacqulyn Powell August 16, 2016 WPTV MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – Martin County officials are keeping a close eye on a new algae growth showing up in several spots in the St. Lucie Estuary. Just when it looked like the Treasure Coast was getting some relief, county leaders say rainfall increased, raising water levels and contributing […]

Request for federal state of emergency denied

WFLX Fox 29 July 17, 2016 The Obama Administration denies Governor Rick Scott’s request for a federal emergency declaration after toxic algae blooms plague the Treasure Coast. The double red flags fly at Bathtub Beach in Stuart. A sign the algae crisis continues in Martin County. “For nobody to be out here on a Saturday, […]

Treasure Coast leaders: Lagoon Action Day yields same rhetoric, no algae or Lake Okeechobee discharge solution

By Isadora Rangel of TCPalm July 14, 2016 WASHINGTON — There were a lot of calls for long-term solutions and plenty of passionate pleas, but no immediate relief to the algae crisis came from Lagoon-Gulf Action Day Thursday. Dozens of Treasure Coast officials and residents who traveled to Capitol Hill heard from federal agencies that […]

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

By Andrew Ruiz 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 […]

NYTimes: Reeking, Oozing Algae Closes South Florida Beaches

By LES NEUHAUS New York Times July 1, 2016 STUART, Fla. — A rancid smell penetrated the front of Marisa and Duncan Baskin’s one-story house, which rests less than 100 feet from an inlet of the St. Lucie River in this tourist hamlet just inside the Atlantic coastline that bills itself as “America’s Happiest Seaside […]

Maggy Hurchalla: Don’t dismiss dangers of algae in our waterways

By Maggy Hurchalla Guest Column for TC Palm June 27, 2016 No one wants to be Chicken Little. The sky wasn’t falling. The silly bird panicked over a little acorn. But the sky is falling on Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. Call it cyanobacteria or call it green slime, […]

Algae alerts now in Martin and St. Lucie counties

By Elliott Jones of TCPalm June 26, 2016 Martin and St. Lucie County officials are appealing to state officials to test the water at local beaches after swimmers were warned Saturday and Sunday to stay out of the water because of potentially harmful algae. Officials in both counties are appealing to the Florida Department of […]