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FL Water Coalition to Congress: "Our Rivers Are In Trouble"

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Friday, July 8, 2011   

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - An environmental advocacy group has written members of the state's congressional delegation, demanding action to address algae outbreaks clogging rivers and streams in southwest Florida.

The Florida Water Coalition points to examples such as the Caloosahatchee River in Lee County, which is covered with inch-thick green slime. Earthjustice attorney Monica Reimer, who is representing the coalition, says their repeated complaints to state authorities are stuck in political muck.

"We filed a lawsuit back in 2008 because the state had not done anything in 10 years."

A looming health issue has turned into a political football, the coalition says, and it is time for state and federal authorities to act - and to face the fact that no one wants to visit or live in a state that is infested with polluted rivers and streams. It's been a frustrating, long and drawn-out political battle, Reimer says.

"What we would like to see is that, instead of this simply being a political issue, which it seems to be now, that the representatives understand that this is an on-the-ground health problem that needs to be resolved."

The toxic algae outbreaks are fueled by "nutrients" including nitrogen and phosphorus which come from inadequately treated sewage, fertilizer and manure pollution. In southwest Florida, a drinking-water plant on the river at Olga, designed to serve 30,000 people, is shut down because of the contamination.


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