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Fertilizer rules & regulations take effect in most SWFL communities next week

FORT MYERS, Fla. — In an attempt to curb negative effects on water quality, many communities in Southwest Florida will be settling into fertilizer bans or restrictions next week. A lot of fertilizers contain nitrogen and phosphorus which are elements that helps toxic algae grow. When grass clippings covered in the fertilizers or rain water contaminated with the elements runoff into canals, blooms can form. In a previous interview with NBC2, the Lee County Natural Resources Manager said that clean water is everyone’s responsibility. “What we can control in our own yards and...

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New tool being used to kill algal blooms on the Caloosahatchee River

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – There is a new tool being used to kill algal blooms on the Caloosahatchee River. The South Florida Water Management District is now testing Lake Guard Oxy on the river. They demonstrated what it can do to the bloom sitting at the Franklin Lock on Thursday.  BlueGreen Water Technologies created the algae-fighting powder a few years ago. The company has been using the oxy on other lakes in Florida. So far, they said it’s helping clear toxic algae. Dr. Waleed Nasser with BlueGreen said the hydrogen peroxide inside the powder targets and eliminates algae....

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Technology could be used to respond to Lee County algae blooms

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee County confirmed a contract with a vendor that could respond to algae blooms if they get bad this year is expected to go before the board of commissioners next month. In 2018, the county partnered with AECOM for a pilot program. Crews launched machines into about a dozen canals hit hard by algae in North Fort Myers and Cape Coral. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection granted the county more than $2 million in emergency funds to pay for it. The county did not specify if AECOM is the vendor it will contract this year, or what type of service...

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SWFL’s algae situation continues to worsen, gunk decaying in Caloosahatchee

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The algae situation in Southwest Florida is getting worse as a bloom decays in the Caloosahatchee River. Algae first appeared in Lake Okeechobee, then at Franklin lock, the Alva Boat Ramp, and now its in Fort Myers at the Davis Boat Ramp. There’s a thin green film floating across the surface of the Caloosahatchee. The recent blooms smell worse than they look. The Calusa Waterkeeper said that they are sampling the green gunk to find out how toxic it is. On Wednesday, the Waterkeeper group sent a letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection...

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Lee Commissioners approve Caloosahatchee water quality research project

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lee Board of County Commissioners approved an agreement with Florida Gulf Coast University on Tuesday for a water quality research project at the Boma site in Glades County. The research project would test methods for removal of nitrogen from the Caloosahatchee River surface waters in order to improve water quality. The project will be funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The research, done in partnership with FGCU and the South Florida Water Management District, will take place at the C-43 Water Quality Treatment and Testing...

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