Demand for Action on Blue-Green Algae & Cyanotoxins Increases

by | May 19, 2021 | Press

Originally published by WINK News on May 19, 2021

As blue-green algae builds up against the Franklin Lock on the Caloosahatchee River, everybody knows there’s an issue with the algae.

More than a dozen environmental groups have been urging Governor Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency, but the governor says, “There’s no need to do that. One, I think it would spook a lot of people, it would harm a lot of the folks in our community.”

And more recently, DeSantis wrote to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking them to better manage Lake Okeechobee levels.

Everyone is begging someone​ to take action.

Now, a handful of conservation groups are asking the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to adopt criteria for cyanotoxins in its water quality standards.

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