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Living an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle: Observations 7

Following up on last week’s post about the water problem in Florida, I am happy to say that today, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for red tide outbreak in southwest Florida. Red tide, algae occurring naturally, appears almost every year on Florida's Gulf Coast. It is toxic, kills marine life and beaches thousands of marine animals. It can last anywhere from a few weeks to a year. This year has been bad. Really bad and it’s about time our “beloved” governor takes the time to actually do something to try to solve this problem. (*)

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, red tide produces toxic chemicals that can harm the central nervous systems of fish. It is generally considered safe for humans … swimming is allowed (it shouldn’t because it can cause skin irritation or lead to serious illness for those who already suffer from respiratory conditions.) It is quite challenging to control red tide. Eliminate it from further occurrences merely is not possible. At least not that I am aware of. But with the declaration of emergency, funding will be available to start "control" and clean-up for those most affected counties.

Let’s keep in mind that the oceans are an essential part of life on earth. T