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Changing Seas: "Toxic Algae: Complex Sources and Solutions"

For the past two decades, the residents of Martin county and the surrounding areas have been faced with a silent curse. A guacamole thick mat of blue-green algae periodically grows and clogs the waterways. These toxic algal blooms kill local marine life and even cause short term and long term health effects in humans. Scientists say that the source of these problems is in Lake Okeechobee. “Lake O,” as it is known, once South Florida’s lifeline for fresh water, is now a dumping ground for pollutants from agriculture, farming, and septic tank effluent. When the lake accumulates enough of these fertilizers, blue-green algae grow, and they are released when water levels are too high. The solution to this problem is complex, but those affected by it are urging experts to find it fast.

  • Veronique Koch
    Writer
  • Mark Baker
    Writer
  • Veronique Koch
    Producer
  • Mark Baker
    Producer
  • Melissa Harmon
    Producer
  • Sean Hickey
    Editor
  • Sean Hickey
    Videographers
  • Jeremy Nicholson
    Videographers
  • Mike Lowney
    Videographers
  • Kristin Paterakis
    Associate Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Nature, Marine Science, Environmental
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 21, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • American Public Television
  • Big Media
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Produced at public broadcaster WPBT2/South Florida PBS, Changing Seas is a marine science series focused on ocean issues and exploration. The series goes to sea with scientists, giving viewers a first-hand look at how oceanographers and other experts study earth's last frontier.

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