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Florida’s Summer of Slime: Stuart and Lake Okeechobee

Photo Essay by John Moran, August 2018

I reported last month on the plight of the Caloosahatchee River and its befouled waters flowing from Lake Okeechobee; delivering slime to waterfront neighborhoods in Fort Myers and Cape Coral along the way to the Gulf Islands of Southwest Florida.
Cyanobacteria in Stuart, Florida

Next up on our Summer of Slime photo tour is a visit to Stuart and Lake Okeechobee…
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Florida’s Summer of Slime: Stuart and Lake Okeechobee

Photo Essay by John Moran, August 2018

I reported last month on the plight of the Caloosahatchee River and its befouled waters flowing from Lake Okeechobee; delivering slime to waterfront neighborhoods in Fort Myers and Cape Coral along the way to the Gulf Islands of Southwest Florida.
Cyanobacteria in Stuart, Florida

Next up on our Summer of Slime photo tour is a visit to Stuart and Lake Okeechobee…
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This one, simple rule change can slash toxic blooms

Need a shred of good news on the toxic collapse of Florida waterways on both coasts? Here’s one: We don’t have to wait years to fix this. Our elected officials can act right now to stop fueling toxic blooms in our communities. One simple legislative act can change everything: Making human health and safety our single highest water management priority.

St. Lucie River Water Sample. Photo by John Moran

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Response to Gillum Press Release on Bullsugar Voter Guides

In the wake of the Gillum campaign press release about the Bullsugar.org voter guides, and public posting of Andrew Gillum's answers to the Bullsugar.org candidate questionnaire, we have received many inquiries about our candidate analysis process, and, more to the point, why we did not favor Andrew Gillum in the Democratic Gubernatorial primary.

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Anger and Hope

Anger reached a fever pitch on the Caloosahatchee this week, as everything from catfish to tarpon to Manatee lay dead or dying in algae covered water. On the east coast near the St Lucie, it was the exact same scene, minus the red tide. Social media lit up like it hasn't since the 2016 toxic algae crisis, and celebrities like surfer Kelly Slater and environmentalist Erin Brockovitch expressed horror from afar.

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Medical Researchers on Toxic Algae: Avoid Blooms, Avoid Seafood

Don't panic. Don't swim in it. Don't eat anything that does. Medical researchers who study cyanobacteria and its human health impacts delivered clear, candid advice to a live audience this week in Stuart. But that advice contradicted much of what the public is being told about Florida's toxic algae blooms.

ALS researchers sampling toxic algae in the St. Lucie, July 16

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Love Thy Neighbor: Florida’s Fight to Stop Sugarcane Burning

You shall love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 22.39).

Thick smoke looms over the Glades most months of the year. In these communities south of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, ash falls on houses and cars, the children call it black snow. Schools have a protocol for when the plumes reach down into town, calling kids inside, closing windows, pulling shades. They still talk about the day when students from Rosenwald Elementary School went to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

When the sugarcane industry is your neighbor, smoke is part of everyday life. So is asthma.

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Rick Scott Panicked on Toxic Algae, But the Problem Won't Go Away

A very big story, perhaps the biggest story in Everglades restoration, has been hiding in plain sight, but another year of Lake Okeechobee discharges carrying toxic algae is pushing it to a tipping point: Water management officials claim their top priority is human health and safety, but in truth the whole system is operated for the benefit of sugarcane.

Lake Okeechobee algae bloom off Port Mayaca. Photo by Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

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Lake Okeechobee Algae Bloom is Toxic: Florida DEP

On Friday Florida DEP confirmed that the algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee off Clewiston tested positive for microcystin. The algae is toxic.

Algal bloom off Clewiston, Florida. Image courtesy of Planet Labs, Inc. Produced by Earthrise Media.

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