Save the manatees: regulate pesticide use in Lake Okeechobee and the IRL

Save the manatees: regulate pesticide use in Lake Okeechobee and the IRL

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Elise Corley started this petition to Florida Senate

Pesticide pollution in lake Okeechobee and the Indian River Lagoon have led to algae blooms in the Indian River Lagoon that have decimated manatee food sources. Excess pollution leads to algae blooms which block out light, killing the grasses that act as manatee's major food source. Such pollution largely originates from lake Okeechobee, where agricultural pesticides end up in the lake en masse. It then travels quickly downriver, causing algae blooms. Such lack of food has lead to the deaths of over 500 manatees recently, a dangerous high for the threatened species. We seek regulation and awareness of the harmful impacts of this pesticide use, and to see it limited to save manatee lives. As one of Florida's most treasured species, their habitat deserves protection. 

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