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Why do the people of Florida put up with merely monitoring our ills? We should be spending time and money on cleaning up the mess and hitting the sources. FDEP knows the sources but is afraid to go there. Florida’s water problems will continue until we face reality and decide we want to fix it. The people are hoodwinked by our agencies.
How bad must the problem become before action is taken? Already, more than half the beaches on a given day are too polluted for safe swimming. This is the new norm and our DEP could but won’t fix the problem. We should not be patient with this, we should DEMAND clean water, as is our right.
Industry rules our leaders: governor, Legislature, water agencies.
Education of the people is the answer.
Read the complete article here in Lake Okeechobee News.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum
FDEP continues to monitor algae
LAKE OKEECHOBEE — A single sample from Lake Okeechobee had trace levels of microcystin toxins last week, but the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation encourages everyone to avoid areas with visible alga blooms.
The FDEP continues to monitor Lake Okeechobee and area waterways for algae.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration satellite imagery indicated bloom “potential” in approximately 25% of the lake over the past week.
On Aug. 10, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) staff collected samples from Lake Okeechobee lakeside at the Port Mayaca Lock. The sample had no dominant algae and no cyanotoxins were detected. That same day, SFWMD also sampled lakeside at the Moore Haven Lock.
On Aug. 12, SFWMD staff collected a sample from Lake Okeechobee at the S-352 water control structure at Canal Point. The sample was dominated by Microcystis aeruginosa and a trace (0.28 ppb) level of total microcystins was detected.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers levels of microcystin of less than 8 parts per billion (8 ppb) to be safe for human recreational contact. This level was calculated based on the assumption that children ingest some water while swimming. The EPA considers level above 1 ppb to be unsafe for drinking water….