Maggy Reno Hurchalla on cyanobacteria health risks: Be afraid and be careful

From Maggy Reno Hurchalla, a 20-year Martin County Commissioner, an active member of numerous Governor Commissions on the Everglades, water and planning, a lifelong advocate for wetlands preservation, and a winner of national, state and local environmental and conservation awards: “State agencies are not giving us adequate warnings about the health risks of cyanobacteria exposure. … Click here to read more

Think the algae is just in the water? Think again…

” Can cyanobacteria and toxins spread through air? Surface water with harmful algal blooms (HABs, notably cyanobacteria) and their organic compounds may also affect the surrounding air … Click here to read more

Centers for Disease Control Animal Safety Alert: When in doubt, stay out of blue-green algae

“Do not let your pets or livestock graze near, drink, or swim in water where you see cyanobacteria blooms, foam, or scum on the surface. If your animal gets in water with a bloom, immediately wash it off with clean water. Do not let the animal lick cyanobacteria off of its fur. … Click here to read more

How is Hurricane Florence affecting Florida? Canceled flights, high surf and more

From The Sun-Sentinel: ‘As the massive storm closed in on North Carolina on Thursday, it also was disrupting life in Florida. Here are some ways: canceled flights, East Coast evacuees arriving in Florida, beaches and pier closures, surf and riptides, wind and rain, and animal rescues … Click here to read more

Bullsugar weekly update: Now it’s up to congress… and you

“It’s official: Congress has the legislation needed to cut off the flow of nutrient pollution and toxic blooms to our coasts. With your help, it can become law. Here’s what you need to know: What the legislation is and does: Called the Stop Harmful Discharges Act, HR 6700 … Click here to read more

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast hopes new legislation will stop Lake Okeechobee discharges

From WPTV: “Speaking in Stuart Tuesday Congressman Brian Mast said he will introduce new legislation to address the algae issues on the Treasure Coast. It’s called the Stop Harmful Discharges Act … Click here to read more

FL Department of Environmental Protection encourages residents to report algal blooms

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection collects and analyzes algal bloom samples. To report a bloom, call the toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report online … Click here to read more

Toxicity levels of blue-green algae more than 50 times higher than what is considered hazardous

From WPTV:  “People living along the St. Lucie River are desperate for answers after a new report released by the Department of Environmental Protection shows toxicity levels of blue-green algae more than 50 times higher than what is considered hazardous. … Click here to read more

UPDATE: BCC kicks environmental cans down the road

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Commissioners Ciampi, Smith and Jenkins joined forces today to delay — if not kill — a request by Commissioner Sarah Heard to seek federal endangered species designations for wildlife in the Indian River Lagoon. Support for Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi’s opposition to Commissioner Heard’s request was provided by County Purchasing Manager Nicole Carey, wife of one of Commissioner Heard’s opponents in the District 4 Commission primary (Harold Markey) … Click here to read more

ALERT: Bathtub Reef Beach is currently closed to swimming due to the presence of blue-green algae

Access to the rest of the park is still permitted. Lifeguards will continue to be posted at Bathtub Reef Beach during regular guarded hours (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) as long as the rest of the park is open … Click here to read more

73 people treated at Martin Health System ER for possible algae-related illnesses

From WPTV: “In just over three weeks, 73 people were treated in the Martin Health System emergency room for what doctors believe to be algae-related illnesses, according to CEO Rob Lord. ‘Nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, shortness of breath, gout, achy limbs, joints, … Click here to read more