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Hey if anyone is interested, we have a water quality sampling workshop somewhere in December. It's done in tandem with Explorer post 57.

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I'm sure many of us have heard about the Blue-Green algae spread.

Here's a brief run over of what happened.

The U.S Corps of Engineering pumped freshwater from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie river, which is brackish water. When you mix the two, salinity levels drop. It's like diluting orange juice when it's too strong.

There are some key factors.

Climate: Because Florida is hot and humid, it provides a favorable climate for blue-green algae.

Salinity levels: Because salinity levels have dropped so rapidly, it allows blue-green algae to grow. As long as salinity levels are low, algae will grow.

Fertilizer: Excess fertilizer is in the water that was pumped out from Lake Okeechobee. When you combine fertilizer and blue-green algae, you get this lean, mean and green reproducing monster.

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I've drawn some (basic) maps of what I think is happening with the 2016 blue-green algae situation.
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Water saving tip:
Plant species native to your region. Especially in an area like South Florida, native plants are very important to the surrounding wildlife. They provide shelter and food for many animals. They also use less water and produce beautiful flowers. For help on native plants, go to the website below:
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