Friday, May 13, 2016

Blue-Green Algae Bloom Issue Info in a Nutshell

Aerial view of a blue-green algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee taken Monday, May 9, 2016, near Pahokee.
Photo by Xavier Quinones, via TC Palm.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said they will ‘consider’ a blue-green algae bloom stretching over several square miles in southern Lake Okeechobee when deciding whether to continue discharging excess lake water into the St. Lucie River . . ., Tyler Treadway reports for the TC Palm, May 12, 2016.
Technically a bacteria, [blue-green algae] uses…photosynthesis…It shades and kills sea grass. Toxins in the algae can kill small animals…Animals that hunt for food in water can’t see their prey through the algae. When the algae dies, it’s eaten by bacteria that use up all the oxygen in the water, which can lead to fish kills. …Microcystis contains toxins that can make humans and animals sick…New studies suggest…a link between a toxin in blue-green algae and neurological diseases…Swimming…in a bloom can cause skin irritation…Inhaling toxins can cause hay feverlike symptoms…[C]hildren and pets are at greater risk for poisoning. 
Read the original story: Is Lake Okeechobee blue-green algae bloom a toxic threat to St. Lucie River? And to see video of the bloom, click here.
via: FCC News Brief e-mail, May 13, 2016