Friends of the Everglades joined the Center for Biological Diversity and other allies in a formal request filed May 30, 2024 with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that seeks new, enforceable standards for cyanotoxins under the Clean Water Act.

Cyanotoxins in blue-green algae blooms pose an acute threat to public health, with scientific research linking them to liver disease and neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and Alzheimer’s.

Despite the known and unknown dangers, the state of Florida’s approach to monitoring harmful algal blooms and issuing public alerts has been inadequate, characterized by fragmented and reactive measures.

With this petition, we’re asking the EPA to use its authority under the Clean Water Act to do what the state of Florida has failed to do.