November 15, 2019

Water pollution

Florida's septic tanks and pollution

Mike Vogel | 10/25/2019

Florida isn’t paying enough attention to the role of septic tanks in fueling algal blooms throughout Florida, says Brian Lapointe. But getting rid of septic systems will be expensive — about 30% of Floridians rely on them.

Toilets are a recurring presence in Brian Lapointe’s research — work that challenges assumptions about who’s to blame for Florida’s water troubles and whether certain Everglades restoration projects are likely to succeed.

This story also features expert opinions, business briefs and people in the news: Brian Lapointe; Gary Goforth; Robert Knight; Edie Widder; Mark Wilson; Florida Bay Club; Larry Brand; Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute; Steve Davis; Greg Oravec; Mote Marine Laboratory; Sen. Debbie Mayfield

 

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