FEMA Again Rejects Florida's State of Emergency Request in Algae Fight Near Lake Okeechobee - NBC 6 South Florida

FEMA Again Rejects Florida's State of Emergency Request in Algae Fight Near Lake Okeechobee

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    STUART, FL - JULY 11: Robert Barstow shows his son Michael Barstow the awful smelling algae hugging the shoreline of the St. Lucie River on July 11, 2016 in Stuart, Florida. The algae which is thought to be coming from from Lake Okeechobee as water is released has fouled coastal waterways, created angry communities, closed beaches and has had an economic impact as tourists and others are driven away by the smell and inability to enjoy some of the waterways. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    The Obama administration has once again refused Florida Gov. Rick Scott's request to declare a federal state of emergency because of algae blooms on the St. Lucie River.

    The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday rejected Scott's appeal of the decision.

    Scott earlier this month accused the federal government of failing to maintain and repair the Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. He says that if the dike were stronger, less polluted water would need to be released into the river.

    Most of the algae are gone after Lake Okeechobee discharges decreased.

    FEMA denied the initial request last month, saying the state hasn't shown it can't handle the problem on its own.

    FEMA spokesman Rafael Lemaitre says Scott cannot appeal the decision again.