Florida Declares State of Emergency Due to Toxic Algae

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, July 14, 2018
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Once again this summer Florida's lakes are being filled with toxic algae.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in seven counties due to the blooms.

Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in the state, has seen an algae bloom of unimaginable proportions sine June. The lake has been 90 percent covered in algae.

The St. Lucie River and the Caloosahatchee River are also in a similar situation.

But what is causing this?

Well there are few causes...

Florida is home to a large amount of agriculture. The runoff from farms laced with nitrogen and phosphorus is dumping large amounts of fertilizer into the water.

Another reason is Hurricane Irma. Irma struck Florida in 2017 sending nutrient-laden watersheds into the Lakes.

Algal blooms are the result of an excess of nutrients (particularly phosphorus and nitrogen) into waters and higher concentrations of these nutrients in water cause increased growth of algae and green plants.

The Team

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