Everglades reservoir plan denounced by several groups

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Long considered a key component of the state-federal plan for restoring the Everglades, the reservoir was fast-tracked this year by state Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, after coastal waters in his Martin County district were fouled by reeking mats of green algae, blamed on lake discharges, that gave Florida the worst kind of international publicity … Click here to read more

Algae update: Obama administration denies final appeal for federal state of emergency

From The Orlando Sentinel: The Obama administration denied for a second time Thursday Gov. Rick Scott’s request for a federal state of emergency for algae blooms. Scott cannot appeal the decision again … Click here to read more

Gov. Scott appeals denial of state of emergency as algae returns

From WPTV: “Governor Rick Scott sent a letter to the president Sunday, again looking to get help from Washington. Scott said that FEMA incorrectly faulted Florida for failing to demonstrate the need for assistance … Click here to read more

Weather Channel: Tests reveal Martin’s toxic algae is threatening not only water quality but also the air

Toxins from the blue-green algae blooms choking Martin County’s waterways have now been found in the air, as well, officials say. Tests conducted by authorities in Martin County revealed that the toxin microcystin is … Click here to read more

To stop toxic algae, 10-year-old Stuart boy flies to D.C. to demand action

From New Times: “Since January, toxic algae has polluted the waterways near 10-year-old Jack Benson’s home in Stuart. Frustrated with how adults were handling it, the soon-to-be fifth grader flew to Washington, D.C., to speak to Congress … Click here to read more

TCPalm: Gov. Rick Scott has no plans to visit Stuart to see algae

“Gov. Rick Scott apparently has no plans to visit Stuart to see the algae and address his angry constituents in person. When asked about it Thursday, Scott said he is “continuing to travel around the state” to work on the issue. … Click here to read more

Work begins to remove toxic algae blooms

From ABC10: “For weeks, odorous algae has been choking the life out of waterways in several Florida counties, and on Monday, work began to remove the toxic algae blooms. The process is loud and at times messy, but it appears to be tackling the problem at the Outboards Only Marina in Jensen Beach … Click here to read more

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

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. … Click here to read more

Sad days in Martin County: Struggles with algae for residents, businesses, marine life

Here are 47 of some of the saddest photos that you will ever see in Martin County, courtesy of CBS12. [Warning: Photos contain … Click here to read more

Martin County establishes hotline for beach conditions information

Know before you go. Martin County has established a hotline for the public to obtain information on water conditions at local beaches. Call 772-320-3112 to obtain daily information on beach conditions. … Click here to read more

Double red flags: Martin County Sheriff’s deputies clear beaches, warn of dangers of toxic algae

Martin County Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing deputies are making contact with hundreds of beach goers today, warning them of the dangers of the toxic algae laden waters rolling up on beaches. Waves mixed with green slime are coating the beaches with algae. … Click here to read more