Florida’s lakes contain elevated levels of algae

 WESH-2 News Report

From the very beginning of the population of Florida, humans were building their homes on and around lakes, rivers and the ocean.

Florida is known for its many lakes.


Now with over population, our lakes, rivers, streams and the ocean, can no longer handle the miss-management of our waste (garbage and other waste).


Melting of the glaciers, believe in climate change or not, is sending saltwater on the land and into the groundwater.

Homes, buildings, farmland and the animals are butted right up to and into our lakes and rivers.


Homes, buildings and farms are using a lot of, Nitrate in their Fertilizers.

Real (Animal) or (Man-made), man-made Fertilizers are chemicals, from companies like Bear, Koch Brothers, and Monsanto.

And then we still have those


“Sugar Companies!”


As seen on WESH 2 News this morning.

Half of Florida lakes have elevated algae, report says Nitrate from Nitrogen Fertilizers Nitrate.

Published  7:40 PM EDT Aug 06, 2016


The Department of Environmental Protection report assessing the condition of the state’s waters from 2012 to 2014

also found that nitrates from fertilizers remain the biggest pollution issue in most waters, especially springs.

And it found that saltwater intrusion is an increasing trend in Florida groundwater.

Florida Today reports DEP estimates that almost 70 percent of the 2.9 million acres of Florida’s lakes and estuaries were considered impaired.

Algae blooms have gained new national attention following outbreaks of blue-green algae along Florida’s southeastern coast. The DEP report notes that nitrate increases are getting worse in smaller water bodies that get less notice than Lake Okeechobee and the estuaries linked to it.


More than half of Florida’s lakes contain elevated levels of algae

Manure Matters


How manures measure up



Good poop, bad poop

What is good for the goose, is not always good for the gander.

There are a few manures that should not be used, primarily those of meat eaters. According to Cornell University, “Homeowners should not use any manure from dogs, cats, or other meat-eating animals, since there is risk of parasites or disease organisms that can be transmitted to humans.”

The most common sources of manure are horses, cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits and poultry. Below is a guide showing how manures measure up, nutrient-wise. While all animal manures are good sources of organic matter and nutrients, it’s impossible to make a precise analysis, mostly because bedding materials vary so much. For example, manure with straw or sawdust will have a different nitrogen composition than pure manure. But it’s useful to know whether the manure you’re using is rich or poor in a particular nutrient such as nitrogen.


Too Much of a Good Thing?

Nitrate from Nitrogen Fertilizers and Cancer


Man-made nitrogen fertilizers became widely used in U.S. agriculture after WWII, providing an inexpensive source of nitrogen and other plant nutrients that resulted in huge increases in agricultural productivity. Since the 1950s, nitrogen fertilizer use increased over five-fold in the United States and many other industrialized countries /1/, resulting in profound changes to the global nitrogen cycle that rival human effects on the carbon cycle /2/. The ecological effects of too much nitrogen in the environment are well-known and include algal blooms resulting in ‘dead zones’ in freshwater lakes and coastal areas, such as the annual dead zone that occurs in the Gulf of Mexico. The human health effects of excess nitrogen in the environment are less well characterized.

The primary route of human exposure to nitrogen fertilizers is through ingestion of contaminated drinking water.

Nitrate, the final breakdown product of nitrogen fertilizers, accumulates in ground water under agricultural land and can be several- to a hundred-fold higher than levels under natural vegetation .

Nitrate levels can also be high in streams and rivers due to runoff of excess nitrogen fertilizer from agricultural fields. Groundwater is used for drinking water by 90% of the rural population in the United States and many rural residents have private wells, which are not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Safe Drinking Water Act