Rep. Patrick Murphy to talk about algae efforts

Posted at 8:07 AM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 09:21:03-04

Our local lawmakers vowing to fight the algae crisis and take it to Washington

This morning, Congressman Patrick Murphy collected algae samples at Central Marine to show federal officials.

He was joined by scientists, local leaders and the River Kidz.

Murphy is asking President Obama for emergency funding to combat the algae bloom.

“We all get it,” said U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, (D) Jupiter. “We smell it, unfortunately deal with it every single day. The health concerns we still don't know about but we're tired of looking at each other here at home.  We're bringing it to Washington, D.C. because we need more.”

“You have to be monitoring [the algae] all the time not just for the toxins but for the nutrients, the root cause of this problem,” said Edie Widder, a scientist with the Ocean Research & Conservation Association.

Murphy plans to host Lagoon Action Day on Thursday.

He’ll be meeting with federal officials next week on Capitol Hill.

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