Election 2016

Marco Rubio Is Unfazed by the Green Slime Creeping Towards His House

esquire.comBeing our semi-regular weekly survey of what’s goin’ down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin’ gets done, and where me and my gal and my gal’s son, we got met with a tear-gas bomb.

We begin our tour this week in Florida, where the green revolution is coming to the state’s waterways in lovely billows of noxious slime. Give us the skinny, USA Today.

Scott’s executive order in Martin and St. Lucie counties called on state agencies to take actions to address the thick toxic blooms that are ruining the river’s ecology, devastating water-related businesses and that could potentially cause health problems for those in contact with the water. The smelly, disgusting blue-green algae blooms plaguing the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon are the result of discharges flowing out of Lake Okeechobee in southeast Florida. Since the discharges started Jan. 30, about 150 billion gallons of the lake’s water has been sent to the river, dumping nutrients and lowering the salinity of the naturally brackish water. Both spur the growth of blue-green algae. Massive algae blooms have been growing in the lake since May 12, and the green slime can be seen moving from the lake and into the river.

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