Will ‘send it south’ destroy Keys?

Will sending water from the Big O south save Florida Bay’s sensitive ecosystem and the coral reefs of the Florida Keys … or destroy them? Proponents of the push to send more water from Lake Okeechobee south to Florida Bay were celebrating earlier this month, with the announcement of more federal and state funding to […]

Task force seeks solutions to blue-green algae issues

On Wednesday, the state’s new blue-green algae task force started the complicated task of finding the most effective way to control harmful algal blooms. While much of the focus was on the Lake Okeechobee watershed and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries, the panel discussed algae issues in the St. Johns River, the state’s springs […]

FDEP monitors lakes and rivers for algae blooms

Some algae was observed in Lake Okeechobee and area waterways last week. Algal blooms are common in the summer when water temperatures are warmer. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are a group of organisms that can live in freshwater, saltwater or mixed (brackish) water. These kinds […]

Blue-green algae: Can’t live with (too much of) it; can’t live without (enough of) it

Want to know what the world would be like without “blue-green algae”? Hold your breath for five minutes. Now make that 10 minutes. Now make that forever. Before cyanobacteria, there was no breathable oxygen on the planet. According to “the Rise of Oxygen,” published in 2003 by Astrobiology Magazine, “Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae became the […]