From NPR – ‘A Government-Sponsored Disaster’: Florida asks for federal help with toxic algae


The blue-green algae is called cyanobacteria. It can release toxins that affect the liver and nervous system. (Source: NPR)

From National Public Radio: About a hundred miles north of Miami on the Atlantic Coast, the town of Stuart is a picturesque waterfront community — with homes, restaurants and parks overlooking the St. Lucie Estuary. But in many areas now, when you approach the water, the first thing you notice is the smell.

 The blue-green algae is especially worrisome because it can be toxic and harmful to people and animals that come into contact with it.

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