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

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