‘Impending disaster.’ Worsening algae bloom on Florida's Lake Okeechobee threatens coasts again
An algae bloom in the Pahokee Marina on Lake Okeechobee on April 26, 2021. - Joe Cavaretta/TNS

MIAMI — The scene at Pahokee marina on Lake Okeechobee last week was a warning sign: A thick mat of algae in various shades of green, brown, gray and fluorescent blue covered the area around boat slips. In some spots, the gunk was so dense it stuck out 2 inches above the water. Elsewhere on the lake, the algae wasn’t as chunky, but satellite photos were just as shocking: NOAA monitoring images on Wednesday showed nearly two-thirds of the lake, or 500 square miles, were covered with blue-green algae, the potentially toxic stuff that has fouled rivers and canals in the west and east coasts of Fl...