Think of Florida and what comes to mind? White sand, blue water and temperate climate. However, many of the crystal blue waters of rivers, springs and Gulf that make Florida such a tourist attraction are becoming green and choked with toxic algae.
Microcystis bloom on Goodby's Creek, Jacksonville, FL.
Pollution--caused by inadequately treated nitrogen and phosphorus in sewage, manure and fertilizer-- is the cause of this change to the waterways. This type of pollution is preventable.
Do not drink, swim, fish or even breathe around this algae.
The algae, which kills fish, makes the water bright green and smell like raw sewage is highly toxic. Health authorities say you should not touch, drink it or swim in it. The algae in the water can give you rashes, respiratory problems, and even kill you.