In secret, behind locked gates, our Nation's Oldest City dumped a landfill in a lake (Old City Reservoir), while emitting sewage in our rivers and salt marsh. Organized citizens exposed and defeated pollution, racism and cronyism. We elected a new Mayor. We're transforming our City -- advanced citizenship. Ask questions. Make disclosures. Demand answers. Be involved. Expect democracy. Report and expose corruption. Smile! Help enact a St. Augustine National Park and Seashore. We shall overcome!
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Algae is oozing across Florida's coast, and it's sending people to the hospital. (Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)
As President Jimmy Carter said on April 20, 1977, "Our energy problems have the same causes as our environmental problems -- wasteful use of resources. Conservation solves both problems at once." Wasteful agribusiness practices and treating the Everglades as a chemical sewer for Big Sugar must stop. Now.
Algae is oozing across Florida's coast, and it's sending people to the hospital.
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
By Randy Roguski
July 30, 2018
Blue-green algae spreading along Florida’s east coast is threatening homes and sending people to the hospital.
At least 15 people were treated last week at Martin Health System emergency rooms after having contact with the St. Lucie River, according to a report at tcpalm.com.
Toxic algae blooms have spread as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases water from Lake Okeechobee to keep lake levels down. Releases were suspended temporarily, but they were resuming Monday from the St. Lucie Lock & Dam.
In Stuart, Florida Sportsman magazine has closed its office because a nearby blue-green algae bloom appeared to be making staffers sick, TCPalm reported.
"It smells like death," Publisher Blair Wickstrom said as he walked along the canal.
Since June 1, when the Army Corps of Engineers began discharging Lake Okeechobee water to the St. Lucie River, TCPalm has compiled a list of 68 reported algae blooms in the river, the canal connecting Lake Okeechobee to the river and the Indian River Lagoon.