Toxic algae levels at 1700 times the safe exposure. Where is the CDC?

Toxic algae levels

Toxic algae levels at 1700 times the safe exposure. Where is the CDC?

Commissioners in Martin County extended the state of Emergency. They say the state of emergency won’t end until the discharges from Lake Okeechobee come to a halt.

Under the state of emergency Martin County can spend money from the General Fund.

This time it was used to conduct its own air quality and water quality testing. $28,000 is the amount spent so far on clean-up, equipment, algae testing, and consultants.

That amount includes $5,000 in staff emergency time. Another $6,000 to conduct air quality testing at 2 residential sites in North River Shores and Rio, and 1 commercial site at Central Marine.

We are still waiting for the air quality tests.  The county’s water quality tests showed, in some spots, toxic algae levels at 1700 times the safe exposure limit.  This was after the Florida DEP said there was nothing to worry about. Yet, no one from the CDC is out in the residential areas monitoring the health effects. The local health department is encouraging residents to report any potential water-related illnesses.

Thanks to the Martin County BOCC for what they have done but why are we not being protected by the State of Florida and the FEMA?





  1. Dan Hodf

    07/22/2016 at 11:08 pm

    If the speed limit on a street was 35 MPH, would someone get a citation for traveling 59,500MPH, 1,700 times the legal limit?

    How can anything exceed a legal limit, by 1,700, and have no government office take notice?

    • Cyndi Lenz

      07/23/2016 at 8:17 am

      beats me. These were the test results. They were sent to a university lab out of state as opposed to in state where we were told it was fine.

    • Cyndi Lenz

      07/23/2016 at 8:19 am

      Actually Dan I have not gotten a speeding ticket for years but I do believe there are levels according to how fast your going.

  2. Chris

    07/23/2016 at 10:58 am

    Because this a Republican County and they vote as such. The current Republicans that were elected are anti environment. Rick Scott won’t let his staff say climate change and has gutted are environmental controls while taking hundreds of thousands from big sugar. Watch who you vote for!

    • Cyndi Lenz

      07/23/2016 at 1:30 pm

      For sure. I’m trying to come up with a list of clean water candidates if you have any insight to the north part of the lagoon!

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  4. Steve

    07/24/2016 at 5:22 pm

    Move along. Nothing to see here. ……..Signed, Rick Scort

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