An amendment to a water pollution bill wanting to track toxic algae deaths and illnesses failed in the Florida House Tuesday. It didn’t pass because opponents say it’s unnecessary and wouldn’t help the bill’s job improving the state’s water quality. Those behind the bill say, not voting for the bill was a big mistake.
Experts say poor water flow began the ecological crisis in Apalachicola Bay and its effect on the juvenile oysters caused the extreme decline in the shellfish’s population. And a new report out this week by Florida SeaGrant at the University of Florida details the practical steps to alleviate the area’s hardships.