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Bipartisan Group of Florida Representatives Want the Farm Bill to Tackle Algae Outbreaks

Hurricane Michael is rapidly advancing toward Florida, raising concerns that the storm could worsen and spread the red tide that is plaguing a 145-mile stretch of the state’s Gulf Coast. Although scientists speculate what impact Michael will have on the red tide, there is no question that this year will go down as one of the worst for outbreaks of potentially toxic algae in the Sunshine State.  Red tide is just one type of algae outbreak that is increasingly erupting in waterways across the nation. Many red tides produce toxic chemicals that can be hazardous to people and animals. The red tide that has ravaged Florida’s Gulf Coast this year has killed thousands of fish and other marine animals, shuttered beaches and wreaked havoc on small businesses and local economies.  Read more...

 

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