The Scale of the Problem in Lake Okeechobee
Florida’s Lake Okeechobee is experiencing a massive algal bloom that threatens waterways throughout the entire state. This enormous algal bloom in Florida’s largest freshwater lake could cause many grave issues within the local ecosystem, and far beyond it. A torrent of harmful algal blooms (HAB) can cause sudden and long-lasting damage not only to one marine ecosystem, but multiple as the HAB flows on. Lasting damage is happening now in Lake Okeechobee. Remote sensing images from the Dutch water treatment company LG Sonic, obtained from satellite data, show in detail the algae levels in the lake:
Each year Lake Okeechobee in Florida is experiencing algal blooms throughout the summer. This year, the algae levels are even higher and causing lots of problems to the environment and local residents. In numerous counties such as Lee, Hendry and Glades a state of emergency has been declared.