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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.
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.
Few politicians have done more than Putnam to loot and pollute the State of Florida. From steering tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to his family’s businesses--and hundreds of millions to the sugarcane companies backing his run for governor--to gutting clean water regulations and pollution standards, Putnam has dedicated his career to stealing and destroying public resources for the benefit of a handful of international billionaires happy to exploit Florida and Floridians and move on when there’s nothing left.
The key to making the EAA reservoir work might have been under our feet all along.
Scientists have said for years that the project can’t succeed without enough land. To stop discharges to the coasts and restore the Everglades, the system needs more than storage. It needs to constantly refill and empty as fast as it can in the wet season, flowing through treatment marshes to filter out pollution before sending it south.