DEVELOPING: Gov. Scott Declaring State Of Emergency Over Algae Blooms

Christopher Davidson
July 11, 2018

Following Sunday's announcement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will "conduct a full assessment of system conditions" and Gov. Rick Scott's announcement he will declare a State of Emergency in Martin County, District 18 U.S. Congressman Brian Mast today urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use emergency authority to stop Lake Okeechobee discharges until they "can definitively prove that the toxic algae pollution problem no longer exists".

The Army Corps, which limits the lake's water level to keep pressure off its aging dike, announced June 21 that it would reduce water flows through the two rivers, which had been blamed for the green slime that coated beaches two years ago.

Algae blooms typically occur during calm, hot weather in lakes and reservoirs with shallow, slow moving, or still water that have sufficient nutrients. The U.S. Army Corps chose to release the murky lake water into the river, but has since announced they will suspend discharges from Lake Okeechobee starting Monday at 7 a.m. "We have implemented higher stages in the canal along the Tamiami Trail and we have implemented deviations to generate flexibility in operations at the southern end of the system to move additional water south".

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On Monday morning, the governor toured Caloosahatchee River for a closer look. Now, the state plans to set up new water monitoring stations in the Caloosahatchee, secretary of the Florida Department of Environment Protection Noah Valenstein told reporters yesterday.

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