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

Mast, DeSantis tour St. Lucie River to observe algae emergency

From WPBF: “Rep. Brian Mast, who is running for his second term in Congress, said he invited Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis to tour the St. Lucie River to see the algae problems for himself Monday night. … Click here to read more

NEW: Frustrated community told no easy fix for algae woes

From The Palm Beach Post: “A community filled Stuart City Hall on Friday, spilling into hallways where residents strained to hear what they hoped would be fast-track fixes for their algae-poisoned waterways. ‘In other words, this is a waste of time,’ someone yelled from the audience, which was 100-strong in the commission chambers with another estimated 100 outside … Click here to read more

Martin County to start removing algae from water next week

From WPTV: “The plan is to get contracted clean up crews on the water early next week, possibly by Tuesday. Even before declaring the state of emergency, county officials had been interviewing and researching companies with technology they say can clean up the algae, without creating more harm to the environment … Click here to read more

WPTV: Gov. Rick Scott tours St. Lucie River as algae impacts Treasure Coast

“Gov. Rick Scott toured the St. Lucie River and areas affected by algae Friday morning but did not take questions from the media or the public. The governor did not take questions from reporters because of a ‘security issue’ … Click here to read more

Watch now: Video of emergency Board of County Commissioners meeting re algae crisis

If you missed Tuesday’s  important emergency Board of County Commissioners meeting, please link here for the video:  … Click here to read more

Local state of emergency declared in Martin County due to algae

From WPBF: Martin County declared a seven-day state of emergency on Tuesday because of toxic algae in the St. Lucie River … Click here to read more

USACE, SFWMD present plans for storing water underground to prevent algae blooms in Martin

WPTV reports that leadership from the Army Corps of Engineers returned to Martin County Wednesday to tour areas impacted by algae with county leaders. They then met with the community to discuss plans to create more water storage opportunities to eliminate the toxic algae risks. Not everyone was on board with their idea … Click here to read more

Can you vacuum up toxic algae? One Florida county will try

From The Palm Beach Post: “Lee County in southwest Florida got permission from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday to vacuum up blue-green algae collecting in marinas and dead-end canals. … Click here to read more

August 7 – Emergency Board of County Commission Meeting – Algae & Water Conditions

This is an emergency Board of County Commission Meeting to discuss the algae and water conditions. This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast) and online at www.martin.fl.us/watch-mctv. … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Scientists feared Lake O’s algae bloom would do this

From The Palm Beach Post: “The most recent satellite image of Lake Okeechobee’s blue-green algae bloom shows it grew over the weekend after falling to 30 percent coverage earlier this month. A Sunday image shows about 40 percent of the lake infected with the cyanobacteria. That’s about 220 square miles … Click here to read more