Toxic algal outbreaks, like the ones that devastated the Caloosahatchee River and Cape Coral, are a major threat to children’s health. These outbreaks expose children and others to carcinogenic toxins that become harmful if absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or swallowed, can cause asthma like symptoms and can even expose kids to carcinogenic toxins.
TOXIC ALGAE IS A THREAT TO OUR KIDS. CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW.
While these outbreaks result from outdated water infrastructure and improper land management, they are also a clear sign of the harmful effects of climate change,
States like Florida lack adequate resources to upgrade their water infrastructure and protect their environment, businesses, and communities’ health.
We need our elected officials to recognize the public health threat that algae outbreaks pose and invest in real solutions to reduce the agricultural runoff that invades our waterways and puts families at risk.
Hear from Florida community members who’s lives have been impacted by these toxic algae outbreaks.
These video excerpts are lifted from the documentary, ‘TROUBLED WATERS – Public Health Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms’ recently produced by Calusa Waterkeeper.
Thank you to Calusa Waterkeeper for allowing us to use these videos.
Florida Voices from the Community
Listen to Holley’s story. It’s time for the public to be informed about the threat that toxic algal blooms pose to our coastal communities. Congress must act now!
Toxic water contamination from toxic algae outbreaks disrupt entire communities, like Jason’s. Congress must act now to restore peace of mind to coastal communities.
Sherry lost a family member because of a lack of action to stop toxic algal blooms.
Deaths like these are preventable. Congress must act now to stop toxic algae!
Toxic algae outbreaks are harmful to the health of our communities! Learn more about why Congress must #StopToxicAlgae from Dr. Walter Bradley of Florida.