Palm Beach Post: Governor focuses on septic tanks to combat blue-green algae

Algae formed around the Herbert Hoover Dike on Lake Okeechobee on Friday, July 8, 2016. The algae bloom from Lake Okeechobee has grown since it was first measured in May. Environmentalists believe it now stretches more than 200 square miles. South Florida Water Management District says the algae bloom has dissipated some, following efforts to reduce Lake O discharges. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

Gov. Rick Scott said last week that he plans to seek state money to help curb what he calls a “major contributor” to the pollution problem — septic tanks.

Many say the governor’s approach would not eliminate the recurrent problem of blue-green algae choking inland waters.

That can’t happen, they say, without stopping discharges of phosphorous-rich water from Lake Okeechobee.

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