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Area county leaders meet in fight against toxic algae

Posted at 1:08 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 17:41:24-04

Leaders from Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties met Tuesday in Stuart to form a plan of attack to fight blue-green algae and other water-related concerns impacting Southeast Florida. 

They said their plan was to come together as a stronger force.

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Representatives in the meeting said this has become not only a regional issue but a state problem.

“Today it's Martin County. Next month it might be Broward County," said Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr. "At some point it might be Hendry County. We need to look out for each other.”

"We have discharges. They have lack of fresh water. It's all related," said Martin County Commissioner John Haddox, referring to the water-related issues affecting the different areas.

While the individual issues each county faces may be different, they say they are all working to find the best way to address the problem.

"It's common goals. We have different problems but common solutions that will resolve all of our problems," said Haddox. 

Most of the people in attendance are part of the Coastal Ocean Task Forum -- a group formed a few years ago to discuss mostly water quality and water supply issues impacting Southeast Florida.