“We fear that South Florida may be the Fukushima of cyanobacterial exposure.” - Dr. Paul Cox Let that sink in. Last Thursday, Bullsugar and Friends of the Everglades teamed up with the Calusa Waterkeeper to premiere a screening of the documentary, “Troubled Waters,” to supporters in downtown Miami. The film features a discussion of the public health risks presented by Florida’s water crisis, with interviews from doctors and experts, as well as patients who have suffered from conditions that they believe may be tied to harmful algal blooms. The expert panel of scientists and medical researchers that followed delivered grave and troubling warnings to the audience about the impacts of long-term exposure to cyanobacteria blooms on the people of Florida. Because [...]
Join Bullsugar.org and Friends of the Everglades for Happy Hour at District Table & Bar on November 12, 2019 from 5-7 PM. You're invited to attend Bullsugar.org and Friends of the Everglades for specialty priced happy hour hors d'oeuvres and libations. Where: District Table & Bar 4665 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34997 When: November 12, 2019 5-7 PM Please RSVP to RSVP@bullsugar.org to reserve your spot. Don't miss out on the fun. Invite your friends and mark your calendars today! All donations will go directly towards Bullsugar.org & Friends of the Everglades
We welcome you to join us for a film premiere of Guardians of Troubled Waters, The River Heroes of the South. When: Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Where: Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ 3010 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 Admission Details: All tickets are a donation of $15 per person. Please click here to make an online donation towards your admission. This is a ticket-less event. Your name will be at the reservations table at the door at the time of the event. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. For more information, contact us at saveculture.org or (828) 692-8062. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Everglades and Coral Gables Congregational Church Award-winning film director David Weintraub’s [...]
A screening of the documentary, Troubled Waters, is open to the public tonight in downtown Miami. Don't wait! If you're in the area, CLICK HERE for your last chance to buy tickets! Calusa Waterkeeper’s exclusive documentary, Troubled Waters premiered to a packed house at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers on Monday, August 5th, 2019. This 40-minute film features expert scientists and doctors as they explore the human health impacts of cyanotoxins and BMAA in South Florida. The sold-out event also featured an extended Q&A session with an all-star panel of expert guests – many of whom were featured in the film. Tonight, Miami-area residents will have another chance to view the film and speak with an expert panel [...]
“This is a health issue... we, as Floridians, need to be very concerned.“ Calls for serious attention to public health impacts from harmful algae blooms are on the rise and warnings like this one take on a new sense of urgency when they come from someone like Dr. Deborah Mash. As a neuroscientist and professor, her latest research, in collaboration with Dr. Larry Brand and other marine biologists, examines a possible connection between signs of neurodegenerative disease in dolphins and humans. Throughout many years of research, Dr. Mash has found concentrations of BMAA--the same amino acid present in the green slime that chokes coastal community waterways in years with discharges from Lake Okeechobee--in the brains of dolphins, sharks, a variety of [...]
Will you join us? "Troubled Waters" explores the human health impacts and emerging medical science of harmful algal blooms. Save the date to join us for a Miami premiere on October 24th at the Silverspot Cinema. The documentary screening will be followed by an expert panel including Dr. Paul Alan Cox, Dr. Walter Bradley, Dr. Larry Brand, and Dr. David A. Davis who are all featured in the film. We hope to see you there!
Pursuing a change in the operational management of Lake Okeechobee--like lowering lake levels in the dry season to protect human and environmental health as the Army Corps did this year--is one way to reverse Florida’s toxic tide now. During the summer of 2018, algae discharged into the St. Lucie River from Lake Okeechobee tested positive for microsystin at a level of 495.06 parts per billion, which is nearly 50 times more toxic than the level considered safe for human contact. The public responded in force. Thousands weighed in as the Corps began to deliberate a new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), demanding water management that considered the harmful impacts to their communities. Bullsugar has worked with state and federal legislators [...]
Editor of Florida Sportsman Magazine, Blair Wickstrom, spends a Sunday afternoon enjoying the St. Lucie River, to close out September. “One year ago today the river would have been toxic, probably deadly, to our dogs. Plus the water would have been so dark you wouldn’t have been able to see the frisky little jack. Thanks for keeping Lake O lower going into hurricane season.” This isn't an accident. As a result of better management that lowered the lake level as we approached the rainy season, we avoided toxic discharges all summer. We are still avoiding them now. Bullsugar supporters, you never doubted we’d see water like this again. Thank you.
This week brought the end of another Florida summer, sans some of the more nightmarish qualities of summers past. In 2018, we saw devastating consequences following months of toxic Lake Okeechobee discharges. People got sick, animals died by the tons, businesses suffered and the most destructive red tide in years persisted with help from the constant source of nutrients. This year was blissfully different. Although a large bloom lingered just behind the gates of Lake Okeechobee, downstream residents across the state were granted a reprieve from toxic discharges largely thanks to a change in operational management by the Army Corps that prioritized human health and safety. Now isn’t the time to let up the heat. We have the ability to [...]
Dr. Larry Brand is a marine biology professor and algae research specialist at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. He has extensive knowledge of red tide and cyanobacteria and has seen firsthand how the toxins produced by algal blooms can devastate marine food webs. From crabs, to fish, to apex predators like dolphins, cyanobacterial toxins like microcystin and BMAA travel up the food chain, their intensity becoming magnified as they go. Dr. Brand has researched the levels of bioaccumulated toxins found in animals from affected areas. His latest research, in collaboration with neurologists and other marine biology researchers, looks at the effects of a neurotoxin produced by cyanobacteria, BMAA, on six dolphins that died after exposure to toxic [...]