Thursday, July 7, 2016

Algae outbreak

Toxic blooms overtaking waterbodies in Florida

A green and blue algae bloom has overtaken a small neighborhood marina and other parts of the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Fla.

Palm Beach Post

ABC News

As an "unprecedented" amount of toxic algae blooms continues to infest miles of southern Florida's coastline and waterways, many residents have been left wondering how the problem started in the first place. Officials believe the root of the algal blooms, which have been described as "vile"-smelling and "guacamole-thick," can be traced to Lake Okeechobee — the nation's second largest freshwater lake and the largest lake in Florida.


Water fuels election debates across Florida


Every local election seems to develop one or two key themes, but rarely does a single issue take on the kind of visceral role that water plays this year in Florida. Almost every challenger in the Aug. 30 primary cites water as the major, if not only, issue. No one in or seeking elected office is surprised; there’s widespread agreement water is at the top of voter concerns.


Baton Rouge tries to stem the flow of saltwater

The Advocate

Researchers at LSU have mapped a section of the water-containing sand layers of the Southern Hills Aquifer, something that can prove invaluable to the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission as it decides how to deal with saltwater intrusion. The map of the aquifer, which provides Baton Rouge residents and businesses with water, is the result of years of work.

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