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Army Corps To Reduce Lake Flows Fueling Florida Algae Bloom

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

As a noxious algae bloom fouls beaches on Florida's Atlantic coast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to reduce the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee.

Many people blame that flow for fueling the problem.

The Corps' Jacksonville District says in a news release it plans to begin the reductions Friday, targeting the Caloosahatchee Estuary and the St. Lucie Estuary.

The action comes after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency over the problem, and as politicians and residents are blaming the federal government.

Residents and business owners blame the algae on pollutants streaming from the lake.