|Indian River Lagoon: This is not OK!!!|
Researchers like Dr. Brian LaPointe at the Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute said the algae could be floating around for awhile.
"Once the problem is here it's very difficult to deal with it in this environment," said La Pointe.
Researchers said other chemicals can be dumped in the water to deal with the algae, but it could be just as harmful to the environment.
"These blooms are harmful and that's why we call them harmful algae blooms," said LaPointe.
The longer the "green goo" remains in the water, LaPointe estimates the public could start seeing more and more dead fish or plant life and more cases of people reporting injuries from being too close to the algae.
Sport fishermen like Klarmann worry the situation could impact the local economy.
"A lot of people around here depend on fishing because they're captains and run charters. They don't want to take clients out in green sludge. I wouldn't want to take a client out in green sludge," said Klarmann.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said while it is aware of the toxic algae bloom, it has no plans to stop the discharge. Engineers said water levels at Lake Okeechobee remain critically high.
The algae sometimes produces toxins that can cause a variety of health problems:
Flulike symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if it’s swallowed.
Skin irritations, hives, blisters and rashes from skin contact through swimming or wading.
Hay fever-like symptoms such as itchy eyes, sore throat and congestion if inhaled.
Until people start raising the roof, this will just keep happening.