Bad Policies and Catering to Big Business has landed the Florida State Government in Green Water!
Water pollution along two rivers and parts of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts can to a head this past holiday weekend as toxic algae covered the areas giving off the stench similar to that of a “morgue,” as some local community members described.
We all know the Government of Florida is the not most eco-friendly. Governor Rick Scott has mandated his staff to not say the terms “climate change” and “global warming” and now, due to his bad policy for taking away nutrient limitation, he has helped the worst environmental disaster in Florida’s history!
Lake Okeechobee receives nutrients from inputs such as Agriculture, Sugar companies and residential developments. It used to overflow in the spring and the run off would flow into the everglades to feed the habitats and build them up. However, Big Sugar companies wanted to buy the land south of the lake where the water would flow before it reached the everglades. The water is now diverted to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean to avoid the water running into the sugar plantations.
The everglades do not have the chance to absorb the nutrients before they hit the coast; therefore, algae blooms form along the rivers and become toxic as they are broken down in the water.
The result means health problems for the local communities and loss to the local economy. Big Sugar still makes millions, which part of that money goes to fuel the campaigns for the Governor and Florida Senator Mark Rubio.
We cannot allow big business to run our States, our environment, our health and our economy. It’s time to SPEAK UP! and tell our government representatives who represent us to start working for us!
Links To Resources Discussed in This Podcast
- The Florida Government needs to step up, and you can SPEAK UP! Here’s why: Though the seagrass beds and his home waters have been deteriorating for decades, the summer of 2013 was a turning point, as pollution-induced algae blooms transformed the estuary into a human health hazard.
- Statement from Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg in response to the toxic water on Florida’s east coast.
- The Tampa Bay Times reports: Instead of red, white and blue, the color of the day is green. Thick, putrid layers of toxic blue-green algae are lapping at the sand, forcing Martin County officials to close the beach as a health hazard.
- ABC News reports: What officials have called “unprecedented” toxic algae blooms in some of southern Florida’s beaches and waterways is creating a messy 4th of July holiday for those in the area.
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