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South Florida Algae Crisis

The Problem: South Florida is in a state of emergency and we need your help. The St. Lucie River in Martin County, FL and the Caloosahatchee River on the west coast of Florida are impacted every year by BILLIONS of gallons of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee. This water naturally flowed south to the everglades, but is now sent to both coasts. This polluted water enters the inter coastal waterways causing massive bloom of blue/green algae killing fish, oysters, sea grass, businesses, and causing serious health risks for individuals coming in contact with it. Health risks include flu like symptoms and can result in vomiting, diarrhea, itchy throat, and infections to open wounds. The effects of the unwanted polluted water are felt year round in our communities.

 

What we're doing to help: Hooks4Hope was founded to fight the algae crisis and restore health to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee River. We help fund an organization that is actively planting sea grass and oyster beds, as well as researching new ways of dealing with this issue. The sea grass and oyster beds help naturally filter the water to bring it back to it's original clean state. They also work with the US Army Corps of Engineers to help manage discharges. We hope to have our own boats on the water collecting and testing samples as well as using natural filtration methods.

 

How you can help: By making any purchase on our site, you are helping our cause tremendously. We hope to grow to a full fledged task force doing everything we can to manage this situation. Help us bring back the beautiful glory of South Florida water.