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Florida news: Red tide, toxic alga, manatees and dying springs
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Florida news: Red tide, toxic alga, manatees and dying springs

Manatees, red tide, toxic algae, dying springs made Florida news

The list of environmental catastrophes that afflicted Florida’s lands, waters and coastlines in 2021 was almost as long as a red tide-killed tarpon. The headlines that were blared across media platforms last year made directors of tourist development councils more nervous than a Florida Pantherin in a room full rocking chairs.

As the calendar turns to 2022 all those terrible events will be forgotten, right?

If only.

Manatee deaths: Earthjustice sues EPA for Indian River Lagoon water Quality

Blue Green Algae Taskforce:It aims to tap experts from China, the U.S. and other countries

Feeding timeOfficials approve feeding starving manatees unprecedented amounts

A map depicting red tide levels throughout the region between Sept. 16 and Sept. 23.

Looking ahead to 2022 and considering how little was accomplished in 2021, expect this year’s look, feel, and smell to be very similar.

There are many ways to attack fragile environments. biosolids, Wildfires, Invasive species, Coral bleaching, Aquatic herbicides, Everglades destruction,oil drilling/fracking,Lack of biodiversity, sea level rise, king tidesAnd Erosion.

As if all that wasn’t enough, here are 17 Florida news sites USA Today Network will be monitoring next year:

Piney Point phosphate mine

Florida is a special area that is surrounded and filled with water. Its residents live, work, and play in a giant bubble of water beneath their feet. We have allowed phosphate mining to continue for over 100 years as a means of providing the mineral for fertilizers, detergents, and other chemicals.

The toxic wastewater from the mining process at Piney Point began leaking into the water supply. Over 215,000,000 gallons of contaminated water escaped from containment ponds and travelled to a Manatee County tributary, which flowed into Tampa Bay’s southern end. Two months later, Tampa Bay was hit by a massive red tide. Did the two events have a cause and effect? It is possible to bet on it.

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