WPTV: River Kidz gears up for trip to DC in fight against toxic algae

Article Posted on June 21, 2018

By: Alanna Quillen, WPTV

STUART, Fla. - Activists, boaters, homeowners raising the alarm as more algae continues to pop up along the Treasure Coast.

Now a group of local kids will pack their bags and hit the road in hopes of their voices will be heard in the battle against blue green algae.

The group is called River Kidz, which formed in 2011. They're gearing up for yet another year of action against algae, starting with a trip to the national's capital in just a few days for a special mission.

"We're just here to raise awareness for our cause," said Thomas Weiler, a River Kidz member in high school.

The kids are working to ensure the waters they call home in Martin County are safer. Some of the kids joined the group after seeing the devastation of the green algae in 2016, including middle school student Bliss Weiler, who participates in recreational rowing with her mother.

"When we were rowing, we would see animals that were dying," she said. "It was shocking to see how many animals were dying because of this cause.”

River Kidz is made up of dozens of kids from elementary to high school. The group teaches the community and other children about the dangers of algae…

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