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An algae outbreak on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, photographed on June 9, 2023. (Ralph Arwood and Calusa Waterkeeper)
From the Experts June 27, 2023

Another Florida “Summer of Slime” — And State Government Just Made It Worse

A newly passed state law prevents local cities and counties from passing new local fertilizer regulations — or strengthening ones already on the books

In the News: South Florida Sun Sentinel June 25, 2023

Another ‘Summer of Slime,’ and our state government just made it worse

An op-ed by Alisa Coe, Attorney, Florida Office, Earthjustice

Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) at Crystal River, Florida. (Moment Open / Getty Images)
video April 3, 2023

Giving Manatees a Fighting Chance

We’re working to protect manatees from unprecedented mass starvation.

In the News: WOSU January 31, 2022

Columbus Zoo takes in four manatees from Florida, a species on the brink

Elizabeth Forsyth, Attorney, Biodiversity Program, Earthjustice: “EPA is the federal agency that at the end of the day is responsible for ensuring that our nation waters are clean and that species like the Florida manatee are protected and can thrive, and at the end of the day, it’s EPA who needs to come in and…

Alex Kuizon covers his face as he stands near dead fish at a boat ramp in Bradenton Beach, Fla., on  Aug. 6, 2018. Normally crystal clear water was murky, and the smell of dead fish permeated the air.
(Chris O'Meara / AP)
feature July 21, 2021

What You Should Know About Florida’s Red and Green Slime Crisis

A short guide to the toxic red and green pollution in Florida’s waterways that’s killing marine animals and threatening residents’ way of life.

Article July 15, 2016

Las Aguas De La Florida Cubiertas de Limo Deben Provocar Un Llamado De Alerta Nacional

Miles de ciudadanos están utilizando sus cámaras y cuentas en redes sociales para documentar la terrible realidad de lo que está sucediendo en el Sur de la Florida, donde el gobierno bombea miles de millones de galones de agua contaminada por la gran agroindustria en el Lago Okeechobee.

A toxic algae outbreak in Lake Okeechobee that’s fouling waterways on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts has focused the national spotlight on Florida’s water pollution nightmare.
(Photo courtesy of Dylan Hansen)
Article July 15, 2016

Florida’s Slimed Waters Should Prompt National Wake Up Call

A toxic algae outbreak in Lake Okeechobee that’s fouling waterways on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts has focused the national spotlight on Florida’s water pollution nightmare.

A toxic algae outbreak on southwest Florida’s Caloosahatchee River in June of 2011, turned the water a freakish green, killed fish, and released a nauseating stench for weeks.
(Photo provided by Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation)
Press Release June 30, 2016

State Ag Department Trying To Conceal Information on Polluting Fertilizer

Earthjustice demands public accountability

A fluorescent green toxic algae outbreak on St. Johns River on November 12, 2013. The sickening toxic algae outbreaks now ruining some of Florida’s most lovely coastal communities come from sewage, manure and fertilizer runoff.
(Photo provided by Iola Washington)
Article August 6, 2014

In Florida, Toxic Algae is a Year-Round Fight

For those of us living here in sunny Florida, noxious green slime outbreaks like the one that shut Toledo, Ohio’s, water system, are now a year-round occurrence.

Press Release March 6, 2014

Earthjustice Files Appeal for Clean Water in Florida

Citizens deserve protection. Instead, Florida protects polluters

Article February 11, 2014

Florida Governor Embraces Polluters in Chesapeake

Just helping another state’s waterways get as polluted as his.

Article September 17, 2013

Choking On Algae and Anger, Floridians Rise Up

Toxic algae, caused by runoff, spreads widely into communities.

Press Release August 8, 2013

Toxic Algae Outbreak Sliming Florida's St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon

Summer swimming and boating off limits: Residents protesting, asking for leadership

Article August 8, 2013

As Wildlife Dies, Outrage Mounts Over Florida Slime

Right now, in the prime-time of summer fishing, surfing, and swimming season, health officials in one of the prettiest places in southeast Florida are warning people not to touch the water because it poses a dangerous health risk. A massive toxic algae outbreak along the Atlantic coast, north of Palm Beach, is turning the Indian…

Article April 24, 2013

Friday Finds: Seafood S.O.S.

Seafood lovers hooked on $1 oyster nights may soon have to find a new source of comfort for the work week blues. Thanks to an increase of carbon in both the atmosphere and our water bodies (which absorb about a third of all carbon emissions), carbon munching critters like crabs, lobsters and shrimp are getting…

Press Release March 15, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Sell out Floridians

Today’s bogus plan on water rules won’t stop slime outbreaks

Press Release January 17, 2013

Floridians Stand Up for Clean Water at EPA Meetings in Tampa

Urge the EPA to stay strong and enforce the Clean Water Act

Article January 17, 2013

EPA Holds Slime Hearings In Florida

Clean water activists showed up in force today at the first of two US EPA meetings in Tampa to discuss setting limits on water pollution that comes from fertilizer, animal waste and sewage effluent.