TOXIC WATER: Seasonal residents ask Congress to help save Indian River Lagoon

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. -- As the concerns over toxic algae and bacteria in the St. Lucie Estuary continue, some seasonal residents of the Treasure Coast have asked members of Congress from as far away as Ohio and New York for help.

Mark Boston, a Nettles Island resident, has pushed for Congress to authorize House Resolution 3080 , the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013.

The legislation would clear the way for some of the water being discharged from Lake Okeechobee to flow south toward The Everglades instead of the east or west coasts of Florida.

"Ninety percent of those residents live in someplace else in the United States besides Florida," Boston said. "If we get them to really call their representatives up there we'll have a better chance of this bill passing and getting things to move in the right direction."
Scientists said the toxic algae, which has been reported as far north as the Jensen Beach Causeway, could spread farther north -- a worry for Boston and others on Nettles Island.
"It's going to take a while to get this river cleaned up," Boston said. "[Hopefully], they will move on something instead of dragging their feet."
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