Green Slime Polluting North Florida River

05/31/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. In a moment we'll talk with a north Florida environmental activist who is fighting pollution which is causing a nasty alage outbreak. But first two listener commnets about yesterday's program:


Some listener comments that came in after yesterday's program. This is the time of year that Floridians flock to springs and rivers to escape the heat. But in north Florida on the Santa Fe river there's been an outbreak of green slime algae. Here to talk with us about this is Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson who is president of Our Santa Fe River . She lives in the Gainesville area and I asked her to describe the outbreak.


The Florida Constitution says, " It shall be the policy of the state to conserve and protect its natural resources and scenic beauty. Adequate provision shall be made by law for the abatement of air and water pollution and of excessive and unnecessary noise and for the conservation and protection of natural resources." (Art. II, Sec. 7)

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This is awful. I have camped with my family along the Santa Fe. It has been many years and, at the time it was as wild and beautiful a river as was the Withlacoochee in the mid 60's. There were more springs along its banks, I think, than any other river I can think of. To see it slimed in this way is heartbreaking.