Managing Attorney David Guest talks about the threat to the health and wealth of Florida's citizens posed by toxic algae outbreaks. The outbreaks are caused by pollutants from sewage, fertilizer and manure that big business pumps into Florida's waterways.
Many of the postcard-perfect blue waters that make Florida a tourist mecca are coming up green and choked with nasty, toxic algae. The culprit behind this environmental and economic crisis? Pollution caused by inadequately treated sewage, manure and fertilizer.
The way to make Florida’s waters clean again is to limit this pollution at its source, but powerful interests who profit from free disposal of pollutants in public waterways are fighting new standards.
Earthjustice and our clients in Florida—community-based organizations, national environmental organizations, and public health groups—have been working to implement strong limits on the pollution that sparks toxic algae outbreaks.