FORT PIERCE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida’s issues with an algae bloom have found their way to court.
Discharges from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee that send nutrients down two rivers triggering algae blooms are being challenged in a new federal lawsuit.READ MORE: Celtics run past Heat 93-80, move 1 win from NBA Finals
The lawsuit filed Tuesday contends the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has refused to address harm to human health and wildlife from the discharges along the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. Those waterways and their estuaries last summer experienced damaging blooms of blue-green algae due to the lake water.READ MORE: South Florida family knows firsthand effects of nationwide baby formula shortage
A Corps spokesman declined comment. The lawsuit was filed in Fort Pierce federal court by the Center for Biological Diversity, Calusa Waterkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance.
Among other things, the lawsuit asks a judge to halt further releases of Lake Okeechobee water until the Corps is in compliance with the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws.MORE NEWS: South Florida woman's bout with COVID included hair loss: 'This isn’t normal shedding'
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