© 2021 All Rights reserved WUSF
News, Jazz, NPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Environment

State Task Force Ponders Toxic Algae Water Quality Standard

bluegreenalgae_iStock_073120.jpg
iStock
/

A state task force appointed to advise lawmakers on Florida’s toxic algae problems is considering a toxic algae water quality standard.

The standard specifically would apply to microcystins, or toxins produced by a species of algae called cyanobacteria or blue-green algae.

The Blue-Green Algae Task Force considered whether the standard would be redundant with existing standards. 

“I do think there is a almost public responsibility or a social responsibility for the state to take a stand and set a numeric standard for toxins in its waters,” says Jim Sullivan of Florida Atlantic University.

The task force’s previous recommendations were written into this year’s Clean Waterways Act, legislation that environmental groups said did not go far enough.

WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.