Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

posted by martyb on Tuesday July 20 2021, @09:58PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the Better-ask-Betteridge dept.

Florida swamped by red tide – but is fertilizer plant spill making it worse?:

Piles of dead fish, dolphins, turtles and manatees are rotting on the shorelines of coastal Florida in a soup of reddish brown ocean water after a devastating so-called "red tide" algal bloom struck sea life in the region.

The city council in St Petersburg, Florida, called for a state of emergency last week saying that crews need help getting the dead sea creatures cleaned up from the beaches. In the Pinellas county area, more than 800 tons of dead fish and sea life have washed ashore – and the smell is already hitting the cities.

Red tides do happen in the area, but this year's incident is so serious that it is causing some experts to wonder if a pollution accident at a former fertilizer plant called Piney Point could be a reason it is so bad.

In March, a dam at a reservoir at the defunct plant that stored phosphate wastewater began to fail, prompting temporary evacuations of nearby residents on 1 April. Two days later, Florida's governor, Ron DeSantis, issued a state of emergency. The plant released 215m gallons of contaminated water into Tampa Bay in an effort to prevent the reservoir's collapse.

[...] Blooms usually start in the fall and go away by January, but summer blooms in the area have occurred a handful of times in more recent history: 1995, 2005 and, most recently, 2018. That year, a long-lasting red tide bloom killed sea life as large as manatees and dolphins, caused widespread health effects and drove tourists away from beaches.


Original Submission

This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
(1)
  • (Score: 1, Troll) by MIRV888 on Tuesday July 20 2021, @10:08PM (2 children)

    by MIRV888 (11376) on Tuesday July 20 2021, @10:08PM (#1158467)

    Perhaps a blockade of some sort could prevent it.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20 2021, @10:21PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20 2021, @10:21PM (#1158477)

      Nah, just another Florida Man meme, they all stink like rotten fish.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @04:27PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @04:27PM (#1158777)

      I agree, but people want to go to Spring Break, I can't imagine how you'd keep them from returning home afterwards...

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Mykl on Tuesday July 20 2021, @10:40PM (1 child)

    by Mykl (1112) on Tuesday July 20 2021, @10:40PM (#1158483)

    ... Oh! The Hued Manatee!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @11:10PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @11:10PM (#1158948)

      About 398 results (0.38 seconds)

      Not first, but top 500. Rareness quality +1

  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Tuesday July 20 2021, @10:44PM (2 children)

    by krishnoid (1156) on Tuesday July 20 2021, @10:44PM (#1158485)

    I have to wonder how widespread the, er, "inattention" was to this and like problems during what appears to be a temporally-localized recent few years [theguardian.com]. And if other loose-cannon activist structural engineers are searching the recent archives for other reports to predict other similar imminent/proximate events.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday July 20 2021, @11:50PM (1 child)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday July 20 2021, @11:50PM (#1158508)

      Piney Point is pure political purchasing power on parade. Buy the rights to overfill a retention pond, under-engineer the retaining walls, etc. and then flee the country with the profits. Florida has more in common with the Banana Republics than the weather.

      --
      Україна не входить до складу Росії.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @01:14AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @01:14AM (#1158543)

        Damn! Try saying your alliterative first sentence five times as fast as you can!

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday July 20 2021, @11:44PM (3 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday July 20 2021, @11:44PM (#1158505)

    Piney Point runoff wasn't just phosphate rich, it was also rich in radioactive elements - if they have a baseline from prior years they should be able to detect increased levels of radioactivity in the dead fish - assuming the two don't strongly separate in the ocean water.

    --
    Україна не входить до складу Росії.
    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20 2021, @11:55PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20 2021, @11:55PM (#1158512)

      They probably don't really want to know. Besides, nobody but the locals are going to pay for it. Florida isn't exactly a pleasant place to be right now. It's being run like one big giant condo association.

      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday July 21 2021, @02:55AM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday July 21 2021, @02:55AM (#1158594)

        Condo associations run their business better than Florida is being run right now, and yes that includes the one that collapsed recently.

        --
        Україна не входить до складу Росії.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @11:14PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @11:14PM (#1158950)

        They're also looking to offload all the flood defense costs onto the federal govt. While building building building in the swamp.

  • (Score: 5, Touché) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday July 21 2021, @12:07AM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday July 21 2021, @12:07AM (#1158519) Homepage Journal

    But is Fertilizer Plant Spill Making It Worse?

    It's safe to say that the spill isn't making things better.

    --
    There is a supply side shortage of pronouns. You will take whatever you are offered.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @11:16PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @11:16PM (#1158953)

      Are you not magnanimous! Granting a point, +1 to you Sir.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @12:17AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @12:17AM (#1158524)

    I blame the Trumps having moved there.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @02:12AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21 2021, @02:12AM (#1158570)

    "This red tide is another reason we need to keep black people from voting."

(1)