Public Forum Explores Health Impacts Caused by Harmful Algal Blooms

Southwest Floridians have unfortunately become well familiar with harmful algal blooms, after last year’s massive blue-green algae bloom that started in Lake Okeechobee and wound up choking the Caloosahatchee River and its estuary. And, the nearly year and a half long offshore red tide bloom that stretched from Collier County to Tampa Bay. The increased public awareness has driven increased attention from researchers and medical professionals into the possible health effects toxins produced by the blooms might be causing to people.