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Tony Sasso surveys the Indian River Lagoon from Cocoa Riverfront Park. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Intersection

Intersection: Watching For Fish Kill In Indian River Lagoon


Brevard county officials are keeping a nervous eye on the Indian River lagoon. Algal blooms are once more appearing in the water, and in some places fish are dying. Tony Sasso with Keep Brevard Beautiful explains what the county has done to try and clean up the lagoon since the big fish kill of 2016, and how they’ll respond if there’s another fish kill this summer.
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For local fisherman Giles Murphy toxic algae poses a business problem. Photo by Amy Green
Environment

Florida’s Toxic Algae Decimates A Local Fishing Industry


Kids fish off of a narrow dock in Manatee Pocket, casting lines into coffee-colored water untouched by the toxic algae bloom fouling the St. Lucie River a mile up the canal. For three days these young summer camp-goers have reeled in snapper, puffer fish, catfish, trout and much else from the dock. Normally they would have ventured by boat to fish beneath the Roosevelt Bridge, which spans the Saint Lucie River in Stuart. But not this year.
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Mary Radabaugh in 2016. Photo by Amy Green
Environment

Whew! That Toxic Algae Bloom Smells Bad. Really Bad


Mary Radabaugh peers over her mask at the toxic algae spread across Haney Creek off of the St. Lucie River. “You can see the flies that are on the top of it. They’re eating the rot so that’s like the sewage that is out there. You can see the big brown spots that look like sewage.”
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At Central Marine the algae exudes an overpowering smell. Photo by Amy Green
Environment

CONVERSATIONS: Foul-Smelling Toxic Algae Triggers Air Safety Concerns


The toxic algae bloom gripping the southern Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River on Florida’s east coast has residents fearing the water and air they breathe. The algae releases a foul smell as it dies and decays. 90.7 environmental reporter Amy Green traveled to the area. Her stories will air starting Thursday. She joins us now.
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