Blue-Green Algae Task Force

Wetlands protections, preserving local fertilizer bans top our 2024 Legislative Priorities

November 2, 2023

Another Florida legislative session is right around the corner, and you know what that means: More bad bills destined to result in dirtier water, more giveaways to special interests and good bills left stranded without sufficient support. It’s how we…

Using tech to fight algae – so we don’t have to crack down on polluters

September 21, 2023

Another day, another “technological” fix for Florida’s dirty water. Today’s news story comes to you from the Indian River Lagoon, where Florida Today recently reported on how attempts to “harvest” harmful algae via a floating barge could make the lagoon…

VoteWater Deep Dive: Chemical treatments can kill toxic algae – but are they safe?

August 23, 2023

After several years of using an algaecide to kill blue-green algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee and the canals around it, the South Florida Water Management District now plans to test the chemical compound for possible damage to the environment. At…

Will technology save us from toxic algae?

February 23, 2023

In a frightening 2009 article titled “Re-Engineering the Earth,” The Atlantic magazine predicted that as the impacts of climate change worsened, mankind would turn to technology for salvation. Perhaps we’ll pump pollutants into the sky, turning it a reddish-orange, to…

DeSantis’ executive order on water: The good, the unclear and the political

January 17, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Executive Order 23-06, issued Jan. 11, was a watershed moment in the history of Florida water politics — no pun intended. It laid out what DeSantis characterized as a sweeping agenda to clean up Florida’s troubled waters,…

Patience is no virtue when it comes to dealing with Florida’s water problems

August 26, 2022

“So you gotta hang on ‘til tomorrow,” sang Little Orphan Annie. Unfortunately, too many Florida decision-makers seem inclined to sing along. Last month a statewide coalition of environmental groups including VoteWater issued a “report card” showing “Florida leaders have failed…

Who’s to blame for Florida’s failure to fix the blue-green algae crisis?

August 5, 2022

We told you last month that toxic blue-green algae — cyanobacteria — is proliferating across the country, the globe — and across Florida. Dozens of health alerts have been issued across the Sunshine State; in Cape Coral earlier this week…