ACLU’s Tainted Waters: Algae bloom report shows state endangered public health

In the wake of the 2016 outbreak of toxic algae in the St. Lucie River and Estuary and along Florida’s Treasure Coast, the ACLU of Florida was asked by members in the region and several environmental organizations to investigate the state’s record of transparency with regard to the dissemination of information about the potential grave danger to the public health posed by the algae flow.

Specific concern was expressed about the state’s performance in delivering needed information evenly to all citizens in affected areas, and whether the state understate scientific evidence of dangers to public health.

The following report was researched with the help of local residents, scientists, media sources, and those state employees who cooperated with an ACLU of Florida investigator.

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