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An algae bloom at Central Marine in August 2016. Photo by Amy Green
Central Florida News

Algae A Hot Button Issue For Florida’s Gubernatorial Primary

A state of emergency was declared last month for counties along Florida’s east and west coasts due to thick blue-green algae. Also in the Gulf, a toxic red tide bloom is killing fish and other marine life. Researchers link the algae crisis to nutrient laden freshwater released from Lake Okeechobee into rivers on both coasts. It’s become a hot-button issue heading into the August 28th primary.
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