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Protest over Lake Okeechobee water releases, algae problems

July 15, 2018

PINE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Residents of one southwest Florida community will protest the continuation of releases from Lake Okeechobee and the spread of blue-green algae throughout the region.

The News-Press reports the protest will take place Sunday afternoon, with residents of Pine Island rallying on the Matlacha Bridge, which connects the island to Cape Coral in Lee County.

Blue-green algal blooms have grown for several weeks in Lake Okeechobee and along the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, both of which were connected to the lake to drain the Everglades for farming and development.

The algae grows in thick mats and produces a putrid smell as it dies off. There have been reports of fish, waterfowl and other animals being affected by the algae.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com

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