Aug 13, 2018

Floridians Join Hands to Protest Toxic Algae Caused by Storm Water Runoff

More than 30 beaches across Florida participated in the awareness event

Protestors gather to raise awareness on toxic algae blooms and storm water runoff
Protestors gather to raise awareness on toxic algae blooms and storm water runoff

On Aug. 12, protestors joined hands at more than 30 beaches across Florida in a movement called “Hands Along the Water.” The movement sought to raise awareness regarding toxic blue-green algae blooms believed to be caused by discharges from Lake Okeechobee polluted by agricultural storm water runoff. The algae blooms, combined with a red tide, have closed beaches and devastated marine life across Florida’s gulf coast.

The peaceful gatherings were held across the state at beaches, including those in Miami, Cocoa Beach, Naples, Fort Myers and Sanibel. Protesters held hands across beaches and raised their hands to the sky for 15 minutes in an effort to call attention to the state’s water quality problem perpetuated by polluted storm water runoff, as reported by the Sun Sentinel. The event focused on the damage done to wildlife, homes and beaches by the toxic blue-green algae believed to be released from Lake Okeechobee to coastal communities through the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers. The toxins may be a result of citrus grove and sugar cane agricultural runoff, as well as fertilizer and manure storm water runoff.

 

 

 

 

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