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TYLER SHEFF
WHAT'S
HAPPENING TO
OUR WATERS?
A Look At The Crisis In Florida
presented by:
A c c o r d i n g t o a n
a r t i c l e f r o m
o r l a n d o s e n t i n e l . c o m ,
e i g h t m a n a t e e s h a v e
d i e d s i n c e t h e e n d
o f M a y , w h i c h
s p e c i a l i s t s a r e
a t t r i b u t i n g t o t h e
p o l l u t i o n i n F l o r i d a
w a t e r s . 1.
T h e s e m a s s i v e a l g a e
o u t b r e a k s a r e o f t e n
t r i g g e r e d b y
f e r t i l i z e r s e w a g e
a n d m a n u r e
p o l l u t i o n t h a t i s n ' t
p r o p e r l y r e g u l a t e d .
U l t i m a t e l y , t h e s e
h a z a r d o u s
c o n d i t i o n s c a n h a v e
a g r e a t i m p a c t o n
F l o r i d a ' s e c o n o m y .
2.
T h e s o u r c e o f t h e
a l g a e i s s a i d t o b e
t h e l a r g e s t l a k e i n
F l o r i d a , L a k e
O k e e c h o b e e . S i n c e
t h e o u t b r e a k , T h e
S o u t h F l o r i d a W a t e r
M a n a g e m e n t D i s t r i c t
h a s t a k e n m e a s u r e s
t o d e c r e a s e r e l e a s e s
f r o m t h e l a k e .
3.
U n f o r t u n a t e l y ,
t h e r e i s n o l a r g e
s c a l e t r e a t m e n t
m e t h o d t h a t e x i s t s
t o r e m o v e s u c h
a l g a e b l o o m s .
T r e a t m e n t o f o u r
w a t e r s w i l l t a k e
t i m e a n d m o n e y
4.
T h e F l o r i d a F i s h a n d
W i l d l i f e
C o n s e r v a t i o n
C o m m i s s i o n h a s
s t a t e d t h a t t h e y d o
n o t r e c o m m e n d
t r e a t m e n t , o f a n y
k i n d , a s i n d o i n g s o
w o u l d r u n t h e r i s k
o f r e l e a s i n g m o r e
t o x i n s .
5.
T h o u g h t h e r e h a v e
b e e n n o d o c u m e n t e d
c a s e s o f i l l n e s s
a m o n g s t t h o s e i n
c o n t a c t w i t h t h e
a l g a e , T h e C e n t e r
f o r D i s e a s e C o n t r o l
h a s s t a t e d t h a t
t h e r e a r e m a n y
h e a l t h r i s k s
a s s o c i a t e d w i t h
s u c h c o n d i t i o n s .
6.
P r o t e c t y o u r s e l f
f r o m s u c h r i s k s !
- D o n o t s w i m i n
w a t e r s t h a t a r e
d i s c o l o r e d o r w h e r e
a l g a e i s p r e s e n t .
- K e e p a n i m a l s a n d
c h i l d r e n a w a y f r o m
s u c h a r e a s .
- D o n o t i r r i g a t e
y o u r l a w n w i t h
w a t e r t h a t m a y
p r e s e n t s t r a n g e
s m e l l s o r s c u m .
7.
F o r m o r e
i n f o r m a t i o n o n t h e
a l g a e b l o o m i n
F l o r i d a v i s i t :
SFWMD.GOV

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Florida Waters Crisis

  • 2. A c c o r d i n g t o a n a r t i c l e f r o m o r l a n d o s e n t i n e l . c o m , e i g h t m a n a t e e s h a v e d i e d s i n c e t h e e n d o f M a y , w h i c h s p e c i a l i s t s a r e a t t r i b u t i n g t o t h e p o l l u t i o n i n F l o r i d a w a t e r s . 1.
  • 3. T h e s e m a s s i v e a l g a e o u t b r e a k s a r e o f t e n t r i g g e r e d b y f e r t i l i z e r s e w a g e a n d m a n u r e p o l l u t i o n t h a t i s n ' t p r o p e r l y r e g u l a t e d . U l t i m a t e l y , t h e s e h a z a r d o u s c o n d i t i o n s c a n h a v e a g r e a t i m p a c t o n F l o r i d a ' s e c o n o m y . 2.
  • 4. T h e s o u r c e o f t h e a l g a e i s s a i d t o b e t h e l a r g e s t l a k e i n F l o r i d a , L a k e O k e e c h o b e e . S i n c e t h e o u t b r e a k , T h e S o u t h F l o r i d a W a t e r M a n a g e m e n t D i s t r i c t h a s t a k e n m e a s u r e s t o d e c r e a s e r e l e a s e s f r o m t h e l a k e . 3.
  • 5. U n f o r t u n a t e l y , t h e r e i s n o l a r g e s c a l e t r e a t m e n t m e t h o d t h a t e x i s t s t o r e m o v e s u c h a l g a e b l o o m s . T r e a t m e n t o f o u r w a t e r s w i l l t a k e t i m e a n d m o n e y 4.
  • 6. T h e F l o r i d a F i s h a n d W i l d l i f e C o n s e r v a t i o n C o m m i s s i o n h a s s t a t e d t h a t t h e y d o n o t r e c o m m e n d t r e a t m e n t , o f a n y k i n d , a s i n d o i n g s o w o u l d r u n t h e r i s k o f r e l e a s i n g m o r e t o x i n s . 5.
  • 7. T h o u g h t h e r e h a v e b e e n n o d o c u m e n t e d c a s e s o f i l l n e s s a m o n g s t t h o s e i n c o n t a c t w i t h t h e a l g a e , T h e C e n t e r f o r D i s e a s e C o n t r o l h a s s t a t e d t h a t t h e r e a r e m a n y h e a l t h r i s k s a s s o c i a t e d w i t h s u c h c o n d i t i o n s . 6.
  • 8. P r o t e c t y o u r s e l f f r o m s u c h r i s k s ! - D o n o t s w i m i n w a t e r s t h a t a r e d i s c o l o r e d o r w h e r e a l g a e i s p r e s e n t . - K e e p a n i m a l s a n d c h i l d r e n a w a y f r o m s u c h a r e a s . - D o n o t i r r i g a t e y o u r l a w n w i t h w a t e r t h a t m a y p r e s e n t s t r a n g e s m e l l s o r s c u m . 7.
  • 9. F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n t h e a l g a e b l o o m i n F l o r i d a v i s i t : SFWMD.GOV