STUART, Fla. – Congresswoman Gwen Graham and her father, former Governor Bob Graham, joined the Indian Riverkeeper on a Workday testing for algae in Martin County, today.
The Indian River Lagoon is suffering from an ongoing crisis of toxic algae blooms resulting from excess water discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Representative Graham has been a vocal leader trying to find solutions to the crisis. She’s called on Governor Rick Scott to convene a special session of the legislature to focus on the issue. Graham also supports purchasing land south of Lake Okeechobee to restore the water’s natural flow to the Everglades, cleaning up failing septic tanks and improving the state’s water quality standards.
“Our water is Florida’s most important natural resource. It’s vital to our economy, our health and our very way of life,” Rep. Graham said. “The algae and fish kills in the Indian River have been upsetting to all of us that care about protecting the environment. I appreciate the Riverkeeper taking us on a Workday to show us the situation first hand. We must do more to protect this beautiful and important resource.”
Graham Workdays are a tradition started by Bob Graham when he ran for governor in 1977. Gwen adopted the Workdays when running for Congress in 2013, and has spent 30 shifts alongside hard working Floridians, ranging from fighting Zika in Panama City to flying in a fighter jet with the Air Force.
Marty Baum, the Indian Riverkeeper, added, “It was quite an Honor today to have Congresswoman Gwen Graham join me for an Indian Riverkeeper work day. Despite the threat of torrential rain, Representative Gwen Graham, and her Father former Governor and Senator Bob Graham went out to help me take water sample collections for a BMAA study being conducted by Dr. Larry Brand. Along the way I became impressed with how concerned Representative Graham was. Her questions were tough, and she understood the issues and players. Her passion to do the right thing was there for all to see.”