Blue-green algae

A project intended to help address blue-green algae outbreaks took a major step forward Wednesday as the U.S. Senate passed a bill that includes a proposal for an Everglades water storage reservoir.

Senators approved the bill, which includes many other water-related projects nationwide, by a margin of 99-1.

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Political broadsides continue over who is to blame for ongoing water-quality problems across South Florida, as Gov. Rick Scott on Friday ordered more action to address red tide in coastal communities. 

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Toxic algae again is blooming in Florida waterways.

The algae began in Lake Okeechobee and is spreading after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated flows to the adjoining Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers.

Leaking septic tanks may be causing prolonged algae blooms like the one currently killing fish and wildlife near Lake Okeechobee.

On the heels of a toxic algae bloom spreading across South Florida, Bay County health officials are reminding residents and visitors to be careful in area waters through a health campaign.

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As calls grow for state action to deal with toxic algae blooms in Southeast and Southwest Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced funding is in place to speed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee.

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Fertilizer bans start Thursday throughout the Indian River Lagoon watershed.

State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says the state should complete existing projects before spending money to for water storage in Central Florida. A 60,000  acre parcel of land is the centerpiece of Senate President Joe Negron’s bid to stop polluted water from fouling rivers in his district.

Coffee-colored water gurgles near the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam. It flows down the Caloosahatchee River, roughly 30 miles from Fort Myers.

Brevard County Leads Florida In Manatee Deaths

Sep 5, 2016
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More manatees continue to die in Brevard County than anywhere else in Florida.

Martin County Challenges New Water Standards

Aug 29, 2016
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Pointing to concerns about increased chemicals going into Lake Okeechobee and nearby waterways, Martin County has filed a legal challenge to controversial new state water-quality standards.

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Experts are monitoring patches of dead fish and algae in the northern Indian River Lagoon.

More than 50 minor fish kills have been reported in August in Brevard County.

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The Obama administration has once again refused Florida Gov. Rick Scott's request to declare a federal state of emergency because of algae blooms on the St. Lucie River.

A $2.4 billion proposal to deal with polluted runoff from Lake Okeechobee is getting a chilly reception with some conservative Panhandle lawmakers.

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A new state report estimates that half the lake area in Florida contains elevated levels of algae.

Study Reveals Threat Of Toxic Algae Bloom To Tourism

Aug 5, 2016
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A new study shows that a toxic algae bloom driving Floridians from affected waters also is poised to drive tourists from the state.

Airborne Toxins Detected At Worst Algae Sites

Jul 27, 2016
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Toxins have been detected in the air at four Treasure Coast sites where a toxic algae bloom has accumulated in high densities.

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Kids fish off of a narrow dock in Manatee Pocket, casting lines into coffee-colored water untouched by the toxic algae bloom fouling the St. Lucie River a mile up the canal.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, was in Fort Myers  on Monday discussing solutions for the Lake Okeechobee water crisis. The lake’s freshwater releases have caused damage to both coasts, including the spread of algal blooms.

Sen. Rubio said there’s momentum in Congress to get central Everglades projects approved.

These storage and treatment plans are included in the Senate’s annual water bill.

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Manatees are again dying from a mysterious syndrome in Florida's Indian River Lagoon.

 

Tests on blue green algae at the Cape Coral Yacht Club came back with low levels of toxins that can contribute to environmental and public health problems. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection tested the algae earlier this week from two sites along the Caloosahatchee River. The other site, at the Alva Bridge, showed no toxins.

Federal, state and local scientists brought Florida’s freshwater crisis to Washington D.C. on Thursday.  They met with congressmen to talk about the damage.

State Opens Bridge Loan Program for Algae Impacts

Jul 15, 2016
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Businesses impacted by toxic algae blooms linked to water releases from Lake Okeechobee have until the end of August to apply for short-term loans to help get through the problems plaguing parts of Southeast and Southwest Florida.

Scientists found blue-green algae again in Southwest Florida waters this week. The toxic algae has been plaguing beaches on the east coast for weeks now.  Experts say this could get worse on both coasts now because of the summer heat.

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Wildlife officials say more manatees have died in a Florida lagoon plagued by algae and pollution.

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Fifty-four businesses from seven counties have alerted the state they have suffered some form of economic damage from toxic green algae coating waterways in parts of Florida.

Scott Tries To Rally Federal Support To Help With Algae

Jul 13, 2016
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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday asked members of the state's congressional delegation to push for federal help to deal with massive algae problems in waterways to the east and west of Lake Okeechobee.

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Florida's decision to fight a massive algae bloom by temporarily holding more water north of Lake Okeechobee is drawing criticism from federal wildlife officials who say the rising water is threatening 10 nests of an endangered bird.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he'll push state legislators to spend millions to battle the massive algae bloom fouling some of the state's southern rivers and beaches.


Recent water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River could be the indirect cause of a disfigurement in some shore birds along Florida’s Gulf Coast. WGCU reported in March about royal terns spotted in Southwest Florida with, what looked like, possible third beaks. But experts now say those could actually be their tongues.

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