Happy 4th of July!

Independence day, often referred to as 4th of July, honoring the day of July 4, 1776 when the United States marked its independence from Britain and became a new nation. A free nation.

On this day, many employees are off from work, some are on vacation on a beach somewhere, and others are waiting to pop fireworks and disturb their neighbors. 

As for the residents in Martin County of southern Florida however, their American holiday has been cut short.

Reports of toxic algae booms have been reported along Florida's Treasure Coast. Many beaches along this area have been closed, and residents have reported toxic and vile smells, headaches, rashes, and overall sickness because of the toxic algae. According to ABC news, The toxic algae appeared more than two weeks ago after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville, Florida dumped polluted water out of Lake Okeechobee to prevent flooding. 

4th of July celebrations in this area have been cancelled because of the infestation, and state officials are determining what they are going to do about the problem.

A clean-up plan has not yet been established, however, I'm sure local environmentalists and state officials are working together to determine the best plan to effectively remove all traces of the toxic algae before it gets any worse. 

This is a terrible event that has occurred in south Florida, and the fact that local residents are experiencing health related issues because of it is bothering to me.



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Published by Crystal Ngumezi