A mere 130 kilometers or 80 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, an explosion of bubbling ooze and slime is taking over waterways and air quality in 'America's Happiest Seaside Town'.
While we've heard of other algae blooms (the Florida Red Tide), this algae is blue and green and has taken over the lives of those who rely on the water for work and for play. Stemming from Lake Okeechobee, 56 kilometers or 35 miles away, locks exist on both east and west sides of the lake to prevent flooding of nearby towns. A dyke system requires certain discharges to be released which ends up in the ocean. If this discharge is polluted and too much discharge is allowed through, fresh and salt waters meet and create massive algae blooms, such as the one seen above.
While the West Coast of the USA is seeing droughts, this lake is about 1 foot higher than this time last year and releasing 6 inches of water level takes about one month on the current dyke system (which is aging and under a lot of pressure).
Government is to blame, according to residents, as this is the worst algae bloom the towns up here have seen in years.