Florida's Blue-Green Algae Task Force focuses on DOH response, future actions
The state needs a better way to tell the public whether there's a blue-green algae bloom on popular waterways during the summer.
Those were some of the sentiments from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Blue-Green Algae Task Force, which met Wednesday in Naples.
"In the short term we have some real shortcomings," said task force chair and Florida's top scientist Tom Frazer. "We’re limited by technology to quickly assess the toxins."
The task force was formed earlier this year as part of an executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Aimed at addressing growing blue-green algae blooms in fresh water systems, the task force met for the fourth time and focused on the Florida Department of Health and how the agency can better inform the public about blue-green blooms.
DOH's public perception took a hit last summer as the agency was slow to respond to media, the public and conditions at the time.