MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Congressman Brian Mast is demanding transparency from the Army Corp of Engineers when it comes to the toxic blue-green algae plaguing parts of the treasure coast.

Toxic blue-green algae occur when water is released from Lake Okeechobee into the coastal rivers.

Representative Mast just introduced a bill that would force the Army Corps of Engineers to alert residents when making decisions about Florida’s waterways.

“It is truly their responsibility to level people know that they’re sending toxic levels.”

“I don’t think that they want to let people know that they’re sending toxic levels because that make it a lot more difficult for them to come to the coast to say sorry we had to send you this water and if we get to raise our hand and say, woah! Pump the breaks for a minute here.”

“You understand that what you’re sending is very, very toxic.”

Last week, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced that Lake Okeechobee did have hazardous levels of toxins.

Mast represents Florida’s 18th congressional district, which includes an area stretching from Ft. Pierce to Palm Beach.

Comments (2)
  1. Mark Potter says:

    Stop sending it east and west, send it south where it belongs! This same water causing the problems on both coasts is what should be going to Florida Bay where the lack of fresh water is the problem.

  2. Paul Slonaker says:

    Fix Lake Okeechobee! Lowing the level of the lake is only exacerbating the algae problem. Nutrient rich water is pouring into the lake from the Kissimmee River, and you never say a word about it. @brianmast and @rondesantis need to be as proactive with fixing the lake not breaking it to bandaid another issue.