Algae bloom monitored near C-44 Canal

MARTIN COUNTY — Due to the low lake level, algae-laden water from the C-44 Canal could be flowing into Lake Okeechobee. Because the lake level is low — just 11.14 feet on May 20 — water from the C-44 basin has been flowing into the lake on and off for months. On May 19, the […]

Stuart City Commission to discuss lawsuit to lower Lake O below 11 feet by June 1

STUART — At their meeting tonight, the Stuart City Commission will discuss a plan to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The agenda for the Jan. 27 meeting includes the following resolution: “Whereas the City Commission believes that it is in the best interest of the residents of Stuart that it […]

Senate bill addresses nutrient pollution

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is expected to address the nutrient pollution that feeds algae blooms during their 2020 session. Florida Senate Bill 712, has been tagged Florida’s Clean Waterways Act. It was filed by Senator Debbie Mayfield on Oct. 30, 2019, and is on the Jan. 22 agenda of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, […]

City of Stuart may sue Army Corps of Engineers over lake plan

The City of Stuart may file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in protest of the USACOE plan to prioritize water supply for the remainder of the dry season.

Winter algae blooms reported in Florida waters

Over the past month, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has investigated 17 reports of algae blooms in Florida. While algae and cyanobacteria blooms are commonly seen in Florida lakes, ponds and waterways in the summer, the algae and cyanobacteria are always present and the right conditions can result in a “bloom” even in the […]

CDC lake study comments close November 18

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will close the public comment period on a proposed study of persons exposed to algae in Lake Okeechobee on Nov. 18. CDC-2019-0079, published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register, proposes a collection project titled “Aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms: Exposures and health effects in a highly […]

Public comment sought on CDC plan to study lake

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control is seeking public comment on a proposed study of persons exposed to algae in Lake Okeechobee. CDC-2019-0079, published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register, proposes a collection project titled “Aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms: Exposures and health effects in a highly exposed population.” CDC will accept written comments up […]

Algae task force prioritizes regional storage projects

More regional water storage, projects to address legacy nutrients and stricter rules about septic tanks were all identified as priorities by the scientists on the Florida Blue Green Algae Task Force. Following a series of meetings to discuss water quality issues in Florida, the Blue-Green Algae Task Force drafted a series of recommendations for the […]

Algae task force considers recommendations

NAPLES — The Department of Environmental Protection Blue Green Algae Task Force worked on recommendations on Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs), Best Management Practices (BMPs), septic systems, sewage spills and stormwater storage and treatment at their Sept. 25 meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University. BMAPsThe task force noted the BMAPs have been hindered by local […]

Blue-green algal blooms bring health risks

NAPLES — “We know that blue-green algae isn’t just something that is in the water. It is something that can affect our health. We’re dealing with old organisms that go back almost 3.5 billion years,” explained Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees at the Sept. 24 meeting of the Department of Environmental Protection Blue Green […]