Florida has a long history of treating the symptoms of a problem instead of the root causes. A lingering algae bloom in Florida Bay, fed by an excess of nutrients, is just the latest example.

During today’s Clean Water Conversation, we heard from fisheries scientist Jenn Rehage, Florida Keys fishing guide Steve Friedman and avid angler Dave Preston on the current conditions in Florida Bay, the importance of addressing water-quality issues proactively and at the source, and possible impacts on the Bay from Hurricane Ian that may still be yet to come.

Harmful algae blooms are increasingly prevalent in Florida. Today’s conversation scratched the surface of one of Florida’s most challenging environmental problems and underscores the state’s inadequate response thus far. As Friends of the Everglades Executive Director Eve Samples said today, “We don’t have a lot of time left for compromise positions in Florida that don’t do enough to address these issues.”

Thanks to everyone that tuned in with us today. If you missed the event, you can find the full recording below.