Toxic Algal Blooms 2016

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As a local volunteer grassroots organization, Surfrider Foundation’s Palm Beach County Chapter has for many years actively supported efforts to stop dumping Florida’s precious water into our estuaries and out to sea via the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers. We support legal action and other means to restore the historic Everglades flow to Florida Bay, including efforts by Earthjustice, David Guest and Richard Grosso.

Toxic algal blooms are caused by human sewage, animal manure and fertilizer. Sugarcane farmers in Florida deposit more money each year from taxpayer’s federal subsidies than from selling sugar. Amendment 1 was passed by Florida’s voters years ago to buy conservation land for such things as water storage and natural filtration, so it can be sent south in its historic flow through the Everglades. Our legislators, and our governor, decided to use the money for other things than what we intended. Recently, they also voted to allow sugarcane farmers to police their own water quality. Recent toxic algal blooms are unprecedented. However, 16 years ago Florida’s DEP declared that the C-51 canal in Palm Beach County was an “Impaired Waterway”, and subject to harmful algal blooms. Now things are much worse.

Please join us in calling out the nation’s largest polluters and their politician friends. Until things change at the state and federal level, we can expect more destruction of Florida’s most beautiful places.

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT, NOW:

Sign The Declaration!

As many have said, sending the Lake O water South is not the only solution to this complex problem, but it is likely the most important solution. Using Amendment 1 and other funds, we must identify and secure land south of the lake without delay, before development in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) or other uncertainties condemn our waters to irrevocable destruction.

SIGN NOW!

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Here are some phone hotlines and websites you need to report blooms or related illnesses.

  • To report a bloom in Lake Okeechobee or the St. Lucie or Caloosahatchee rivers, call the toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report online at www.reportalgalbloom.com.
  • Martin County DOH : 772.221.4000
  • Palm Beach County DOH: 561-840-4500 or 561-671-4184
  • To report a fish kill, contact FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511
  • To report distressed wildlife, call the FWC Hotline at 888-404-3922

 

Tips will be sent to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

STAY INFORMED:

Check out this article on DEP’s website  for up-to-date info on the algae crisis:

https://depnewsroom.wordpress.com/algal-bloom-monitoring-a…/


 

HOW TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN:

Speak up! Call your local and state representatives, and tell them ways we can better our water management system, and preserve our beautiful environment.

Contact Governor Rick Scott:
http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/ (850) 488-7146

Contact Florida’s U.S. Senators:
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL) https://www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL) http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-senator-rubio?p=Contact

Find and Contact Your U.S. Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/#state_fl

Find and Contact Your State Senators and Representatives:
https://www.flsenate.gov/senators/find or http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

Surfrider Foundation Palm Beach County Chapter
P.O. Box 33687 | Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33420