The Red Tide/Blue Green Algae Crisis
Florida is in the midst of what could be an unprecedented water quality crisis. Algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee are streaming into estuaries, and Red Tide outbreaks are killing fish, manatees, dolphins and turtles along the Southwest coast. The crisis threatens our health, the health of our environment, and tourism economy Florida depends on.
Harmful algal blooms, both fresh and salt water, have many causes. Science now indicates red tide, although natural, is accelerated by increased coastal pollution. Intensity of HABs is caused by human pollution, but what are the biggest causes?
The purpose of this page is to provide critical information on this crisis and prioritize the actions we must take in response.