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The Gulf County bay scallop season is now open to harvesters, after state wildlife officials postponed the season for about two months.

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The ACLU of Florida has wrapped up a months-long investigation into how the state handled last year’s toxic algal blooms; the result of discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. The nonprofit civil liberties organization alleges the state failed its residents in how it responded to those discharges.

Blue-green algae blooms that devastated Florida's coasts last summer contained as many as 28 types of bacteria, some of which can harm humans.

Legislation making its way on Capitol Hill could help Florida communities hit by toxic algae blooms.

With state lawmakers tussling over water policy ahead of next year’s legislative session, the governor is reiterating his bid for cleaner water.  He’s also asking the feds for money to clean up algae.

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