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Scientists believe blue-green algae bloom in Tampa Bay likely caused by Piney Point leak – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2021-06-10 19:55:56 –

Bradenton, Florida — Every afternoon, Paul Munier bikes through the waters of Manatee County.

“I’ve been here for six years and haven’t seen the thickness of anything floating in the water,” Munier said.

He has never seen anything like stinky algae blooming in Tampa Bay.

“The other side of patience is so thick that birds can walk on it,” Munier said.

Scientists say that the blue-green algae called Lyngbya are growing at an alarming rate as a result of 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater released from Piny Point in April. believe.

David Thomasco, Executive Director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, said:

Scientists at the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program said excessive amounts of algae can release toxins, causing fish kills and rotten egg-like odors.

“The smell of rotten eggs only occurs when there is no oxygen in the water. Therefore, in areas where there is no oxygen in the water for large fish, you can just swim away for small fish. Go anywhere. But basically those people will just die, “said Thomasko.

Also, it is not recommended to swim nearby as it irritates the skin. The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program advises local governments to remove as much algae from the water as possible and permanently close Piny Point.

“We are recovering from the red tide of 2018 and this is happening now. We can’t address any more issues,” says Tomasko.



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