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For Mary Radabaugh of Central Marine a paper mask offers little relief from the algae’s pungent smell. Photo by Amy Green

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

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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