toxic algae bloom

Lake Okeechobee’s Lower Level Debated Among Stakeholders

May 20, 2019
Amy Green / WMFE

Lake Okeechobee is Florida’s “Liquid Heart,” and people who depend on it for irrigation, drinking water, recreation and their livelihoods are often in conflict on how to take care of it.

This year, the conflict has heated up because the Army Corps of Engineers has been keeping the level lower than usual. Some say it will save the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers from toxic algae blooms. Others claim it risks a devastating water shortage.

Researchers from Florida Gulf Coast University have been trying to find how toxic algal blooms would interact with the human respiratory system.

The state's latest report released Wednesday shows red tide blooms are persisting in three regions of Florida. 

State wildlife officials reported this past Friday that elevated levels of the organism Karenia brevis are persisting along Florida's gulf coast, which is creating toxic red tide algae blooms from Pinellas County down to Collier County.

Dead fish on the shore of a beach.
Stephen Splane / WUSF Public Media

Another part of Florida is dealing with an outbreak of the toxic algae bloom known as red tide.

Media outlets report that red tide has now showed up in northwest Florida. 

Amy Green / WMFE

It was a rough week for Florida's beaches, with a resurgence of red tide on the Gulf Coast and returning feces-related problems in South Florida.

A new report by the American Civil Liberties Union is raising questions about the state’s handling of last summer’s toxic algae blooms in South Florida. 

Airborne Toxins Detected At Worst Algae Sites

Jul 27, 2016
Amy Green/WMFE

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