Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Emergency Order on Toxic Algae From Lake Okeechobee - NBC 6 South Florida

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Emergency Order on Toxic Algae From Lake Okeechobee

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    Water Discharges Suspended From Lake Okeechobee

    The move comes after Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order on the matter, which has caused controversy in the area around the lake.

    (Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee have been a problem for years, fed by nutrients from cattle ranches and farms.

    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers controls a dike system around the lake and releases water when lake levels get too high.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is issuing an emergency order to help counties affected by an algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee that's sending the toxic, green slime to sensitive estuaries downstream.

    The order Scott signed Monday will give the state environmental and tourism agencies more resources to respond to the problem.

    Algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee have been a problem for years, fed by nutrients from cattle ranches and farms surrounding the country's second largest natural freshwater lake.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers controls a dike system around the lake and releases water when lake levels get too high. The algae blooms deplete water of oxygen, hurting wildlife and tourism.

    FL Legislature Dealing With Toxic Algae Issue Near Lake Okeechobee

    [MI] FL Legislature Dealing With Toxic Algae Issue Near Lake Okeechobee

    A bill would create a reservoir south of the lake to help deal with discharge and runoff that has affected areas where the lake flows to.

    (Published Thursday, April 13, 2017)

    Scott's order authorizes water releases south of the lake instead of down the rivers that empty into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.

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