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

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

ALERT: Jensen Beach, Stuart Beach and Bathtub Beach are closed to swimming due to algae

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, Jensen Beach, Stuart Beach and Bathtub Beach are closed to swimming due to the presence of blue-green algae in the water. … 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

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

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

Martin Health System implementing new questionnaire to track algae health impacts

From WPTV: “The Martin Health System is working to get a better idea of exactly how many people are getting sick because of blue-green algae exposure. Doctors have just started using a new questionnaire to help zero in on patients’ symptoms, and to help determine which ones are river-related … Click here to read more