Toxic Water: Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative meets for first time

Searches for solutions to toxic algae, bacteria

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- On Friday, county commissioners from Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Volusia counties met for the first time to discuss local water quality issues, as worries over bacteria and toxic algae in the Indian River Lagoon continued.

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The Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative was formed to increase awareness of the problem, understand its source and map out regional solutions, Ed Fielding, Martin County Commissioner said.

"This regional group will be instrumental in ... restoring the health and beauty of our dying lagoon," Fielding said.

The workshop began at 9 a.m. in the St. Lucie County Commission Chambers in the 2300 block of Virginia Avenue.

It was broadcast on St. Lucie County Television, Comcast Channel 21 in St. Lucie County and AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

The workshop was streamed online and will be rebroadcast on municipal television channels in Martin and St. Lucie counties.

Brevard County Commissioner Chuck Nelson, Indian River County, Commissioner Peter O'Bryan, Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche, St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky and Volusia County Commissioner Joshua Wagner joined Fielding for the workshop.

The group met as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began to reduce the amount of water being discharged from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary.

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