The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

Maggy Hurchalla kayaking near her home in Stuart, Fla., this summer. Eve Edelheit for The New York Times

STUART, Fla. — Maggy Hurchalla’s piece of Florida heaven is a patch of pristine Atlantic shore accessible only by boat in St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. She and her husband nicknamed it the “End of the World” when they first came upon it half a century ago, after paddling south along … [more…]

Large algae bloom forms on Lake Okeechobee, could repeat 2016

Large algae bloom forms on Lake O; could we see a repeat of 2016?

(Above) A diagram from 2016 shows water flow in South Florida. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Florida’s freshwater heart is choking on nutrient-laden inflows from the north, south and east this summer, but Treasure Coast waterways have so far been spared the damaging Lake Okeechobee discharges that seeded 2016’s widespread algae bloom. In a move that hasn’t been made since 2014, the Army Corps of Engineers is letting

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Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee

aerial photo: Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee

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CLEWISTON, Florida – For months during 2016, plumes of toxic algae turned South Florida’s emerald waters the color of coffee and smothered its inlets under a fetid blanket of guacamole-green goop that killed off fish, suffocated oyster beds and triggered a ferocious outcry from coastal residents. From NBC’s “Today Show” to The Daily Telegraph of London, news outlets chronicled the

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