Across the United States, harmful algal blooms have featured in news headlines all Summer.
These blooms devastate marine ecosystems, and cause massive losses in coastal economies that depend on fisheries, recreation, and tourism.
It’s crucial for the US government to support programs put in place to understand this very complex problem problem.
In the midst of this water quality crisis, the national algal bloom research and prevention program is set to expire on September 30th if Congress doesn’t act. We urgently need Speaker Ryan and the House of Representatives to take up and pass S.1057.
The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to reauthorize the program, but we also need the House to pass legislation for it to go into effect! The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2017 (S.1057), sponsored by Senator Bill Nelson, extends reauthorization of the program until 2022; requires an assessment of harmful algal blooms resulting from Lake Okeechobee discharges; and establishes a process to allow algal blooms and hypoxic events to be declared an “Event of National Significance”.
Action via: Surfrider Foundation