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Sen. Bill Nelson visiting Belle Glade, Stuart on Thursday to talk about algae

Posted at 6:12 AM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 06:18:56-04

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson will be in Palm Beach and Martin counties on Thursday to talk about the current algae situation and how its impacting local waterways.

He has two visits planned to the area on Thursday.

Nelson toured Treasure Coast waterways quite a bit during the height of the algae crisis in 2016.

Now with fears of a repeat summer, he is visiting the area to inspect the situation.

First, he and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings have a roundtable discussion with community leaders in Belle Glade to talk about ongoing efforts to receive the funding needed to speed up repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike. That meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Lomax Harrelle Pavilion. 

Then at 3 p.m., Nelson with be at Stuart City Hall to talk with elected and community leaders about the impacts the algae is having on local waterways.

Nelson faces current Gov. Rick Scott in the midterm elections. 

Water releases from Lake Okeechobee are on pause temporarily, but are expected to resume on Monday.