For decades, the Army Corps of Engineers has poisoned our community with water laden with algal blooms far more toxic than the EPA considers safe for human contact. According to the EPA, potential risks to human health from contact with our waterways include liver failure, kidney damage, pneumonia and even death.
As a result, The Army Corps was even forced to acknowledge in Congressional testimony that they had knowingly discharged toxic water from Lake Okeechobee into our community. But the discharges have still continued.
In fact, since March 6th, the Army Corps has been discharging water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and they recently stated that these discharges would be continuing "indefinitely."
This would mean knowingly poisoning Floridians with water that the EPA has said could lead to death. That’s not acceptable. The moment that water turns toxic, the Army Corps must stop the discharges immediately.
I’m fighting to get the Corps to change their operations to protect our public health. You can read my letter to them below, and I’ll let you know what I hear back!