Toxic Algae 101, Watching it Turn Toxic, SLR/IRL

St Lucie River looking across from Central Marine to Martin Health.

Mary Radabaugh called me this morning.

“Jacqui, get dressed and come on over here to Central Marine! It’s happening again, and this time there are logs, algae logs. I have never seen this before.”

since May 23rd, Mary and I had been exchanging photos of the water in the St Lucie River at the marina she and her husband have managed for many years. The marina that brought national toxic algae coverage in 2016. The marina that the SFWMD and DEP did core samples of river bottom in 2005, but have been quiet since. The marina that is the ground zero of zeros…

So I got dressed and headed over.

The waters have slowly been changing, worsening since the C-44 basin waters opened into the river  about March 15th. And Mary has documented this change on her Facebook page. After June 1st, when the ACOE opened S308 to discharges of Lake Okeechobee, things have sped-up and are starting to crescendo.

Only three days ago the waters of the St Lucie River were primarily a dark cloudy coffee brown sometimes with little specs. Then as winds and tides push the specks and foam in the river into the pocket of the marina, the now green specks of particulate start to organize. It is incredible to see that just from yesterday, to today, the algae has bloomed in bright fluorescent green slicks. In 2016, this happened all over the river, primarily in marinas, coves, along shorelines, against dock pilings and any other place the forever thickening algae would get “hung up.”

It is happening now too, but not as extreme. Yet.

This all happens because over the past 100 years the St Lucie River’s basin has been expanded tremendously, erroneously, taking on developed-land’s, and agricultural canal water (C-44, C-23, C-24) that pollutes and turns the brackish estuary fresh. Once the canals have almost killed the river, then the ACOE opens the gates of Lake Okeechobee without even checking the water quality from the SFWMD, or better yet, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Just let ‘er roar!

This time, as was the case in 2016, an algae bloom in the lake is being transferred into the river through C-44. This is totally obvious with arial photography. The blooms start in the lake.

But since the river is now fresh, from all the canal  water, the microcystis  algae coming and once living in Lake O can live here too, and bloom toxic…

That the federal and state governments do this to their own people is mind-boggling. I know there are many water bodies around the county with algae issues, but we are certainly the only place in America where the government is knowingly dumping it on to a community of people.

There have been many opportunities over the years to fix the situation, but no, pure crises of the past few years is necessary before considering a fix….yes and thank God the EAA Reservoir is on the horizon. We must hold fast!

Today, I am sharing the photos of the Central Marina algae and its blooming.

Tomorrow  we shall see what else it brings….this algae has not been tested yet, but one thing is for sure, if history repeats itself, it surely will be toxic.

In closing, be sure too to watch the poor manatee eating the algae off the seawall. Having survived millions of years as a species, he or she certainly deserves better.

TIMELINE TWO DAYS

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:58 AM

By afternoon it was swirling into designs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:59PM

And then by today, it was filling in those shapes with fluorescent green.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8:30 AM

Wednesday, 6-13-18, 2:02PM

#toxic2018

5 thoughts on “Toxic Algae 101, Watching it Turn Toxic, SLR/IRL

  1. Make sure Brian Mast sees this he has a place on his website to post these.

    Sincerely,

    Willis J. Milner United Electrical Sales, LTD 321-231-6284

    On Jun 13, 2018, at 6:10 PM, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch wrote:

    WordPress.com Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch posted: ” Mary Radabaugh called me this morning. “Jacqui, get dressed and come on over here to Central Marine! It’s happening again, and this time there are logs, algae logs. I have never seen this before.” Mary and I had been exchanging photos of the wat”

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  2. Ecosphere Technologies (CERP) Comprehensive Esteaverglades Restoration Plan, approved in 2000 by Congress, rep. Murphy, Jean-Michel Cousteau and local officials. Yet to this day nothing being done, again the company cleaned up Outboards motor marina, yet officials still don’t , yet everyone for years still watching the algae come in time and time again. Why can’t we get with Ecosphere Technologies and get this started, otherwise why keep complaining if we don’t act. It was already approved yet not implemented. Why!

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  3. OMGosh…poor Mary and her staff will be wearing bandanas across their faces to prevent breathing that stuff in again !!

    Shades of 2016…guacamole floating on the water ! These are my shots from the 4th of July weekend, 2016. I’m contacting Erin Brockavich to get her attention now.

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    On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 6:10 PM, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch wrote:

    > Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch posted: ” Mary Radabaugh called me this morning. > “Jacqui, get dressed and come on over here to Central Marine! It’s > happening again, and this time there are logs, algae logs. I have never > seen this before.” Mary and I had been exchanging photos of the wat” >

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