OP-ED: New reservoir needed to stop algae blooms

Tampa Bay Times, Eric Eikenberg

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the photographs of thick, blue-green algae on Florida’s central coasts that dominated national news coverage this summer spoke volumes.

Florida likes to portray itself as a tourist’s paradise with pristine beaches, magnificent fishing and spectacular wildlife. Yet from the lower Indian River Lagoon on the east coast to the waters off Fort Myers and Sanibel-Captiva on the west, a more accurate picture would show beaches and marinas coated in a putrid, toxic goo with the consistency of guacamole.

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