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What’s Causing Florida’s Algae Crisis?

Earth Island Institute

Date: 8/16/2018 11:38:00 PM

Blue-green algae blooms are also occuring in downstream estuaries along both of the state's coasts, caused by polluted freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee and polluted urban runoff from the St

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Letters: Fix algae by using diverter ponds to clean water

Palm Beach Post

Date: 8/16/2018 9:43:00 PM

Most of the water feeding Lake Okeechobee comes from the north of Florida. Make holding ponds 2 miles above Lake Okeechobee. Direct the river into holding ponds where soil has been scooped out 2 feet

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Palm Beach County farmer shows what he does to prevent pollution


Date: 8/16/2018 4:23:00 PM

With an ongoing algae crisis on both coasts, some tend to blame runoff from farms mixing with water in Lake Okeechobee as the source of the blooms. Along State Road 80 you'll find Paul Allen with RC H

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Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio ask Senate leaders to bring Lake Okeechobee reservoir up for a vote

Treasure Coast Newspapers

Date: 8/16/2018 12:09:00 PM

Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio ask Senate leaders to bring Lake Okeechobee reservoir up for a vote Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio appeal to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer to schedule vote on WRD

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ALGAE BLOOM and the Florida Keys FAQ

Keys Weekly

Date: 8/16/2018 9:40:00 AM

The algae clogging the Caloosahatchee River to the west of Lake Okeechobee, and the St. Lucie River to the east, is a freshwater bacteria that is able to photosynthesize. The nutrients, or agricultura

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• River: Kissimmee River
• Length: 135 Miles
• Surface Area: 448,000 Acres
• Drainage Area: 4,600 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 9 Feet
• Length: 35 Miles
Lake Okeechobee, whose name is derived from the Seminole Indian words meaning "big water," is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida. Covering 730 square miles, the lake is exceptionally shallow for it's size, with an average depth of only 9 feet. At full capacity, Lake Okeechobee holds 1 trillion gallons of water and is the headwaters of the Everglades.

Lake Okeechobee is the 7th largest freshwater lake in the United States. It is divided between Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry counties, with all five counties meeting at one point near the center of the lake.

Lake Okeechobee is the most visible Florida feature from space. Prior to flood control efforts and development in the watershed, water flow unimpeded from the north through Okeechobee and south through the Everglades.
~ NASA Visit the website of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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