Algae blooms threaten to cause catastrophe
Our state faces catastrophic damage from algal blooms and phosphate-rich fertilizer runoff that has infested Lake Okeechobee. Forming a thick, green blanket, the algae decimates native populations by causing hypoxia and preventing sunlight from reaching plant species.
Oftentimes, environmental degradation most negatively affects people whose livelihoods are inextricably linked to the land, such as fishermen and low-income agriculturists who expose themselves to toxins on a daily basis.
We must spearhead individual efforts, like reducing our lawn fertilizer use, and urge government agencies to enact stricter policies.
Isabelle Gain, Fort Lauderdale