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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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Cape Coral officials prepare for blue-green algae in waterways

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – With blue-green algae appearing in some Southwest Florida waterways, the City of Cape Coral is preparing with a plan.  “Our hope is to get ahead of this prior to it coming into our canals,” said Cape Coral City Councilor Jennifer Nelson.  The plan has several parts. First, the city will be working with state and county agencies.  The bubble curtain at the Mandolin canal will be reactivated. City staff will also look into developing and procuring additional bubble curtains for high-impact canals. Additionally, they will even look into producing in-house...

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Water conservancy groups urge Florida regulators to set water-quality standards

Thick, smelly clumps of blue-green algae have been decaying along the Caloosahatchee near the south side of the Franklin Lock this week. It comes as several water conservancy groups in our area urged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to set water-quality standards for the toxins in the algal blooms in a letter Wednesday. It’s signed off by Calusa Waterkeeper, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Conservancy of SWFL, and Center for Biological Diversity.  Triennial Review Comments Cyanotoxins by Olivia Hyde on Scribd The group said it was “disappointed...

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Cape Coral coming up with plan to keep algae out of canals this summer

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Water in Cape Coral canals is mostly clear now, but in the summer of 2018 it was filled with green gunk. The City of Cape Coral is working on a plan if algae begins to cover canals this summer. Blue-green algae has been spotted in other areas of Lee County much earlier than normal, which is concerning. This week, the city will be coordinating with Florida and Lee County agencies to come up with a game plan just in case harmful blooms return. This summer, city staff is looking into using nanobubble technology. The only thing holding them back is funding. Whatever...

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Fort Myers Shores canal turns green due to algae bloom

FORT MYERS SHORES, Fla. – The water in a Fort Myers Shores canal has turned a shade of green due to blue-green algae. The green stuff can be seen coming down the Caloosahatchee.  “It’s surprising this early in the year to already have that. I’m used to it usually around August but in May? That’s kind of scary,” said boater Shaun Torrente. “I come to this dock 2-3 times a week because we’re usually messing with boats and stuff.  I got here today and it was just completely green.” Boaters say last week there wasn’t any algae in at the Davis Boat Ramp...

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Water experts study blue-green algae bloom

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Blue-green algae is back with a vengeance.   “The algae is thriving because the conditions are just right for them,” said FGCU Water School Professor, Barry Rosen. Rosen is working with his students to collect samples of the bloom to study. “The rainy season will come which will give us a flush off the land which could stimulate the growth but also during the rainy season it becomes much more turbulent. The water will get stirred up, they’ll get moved out of the light and they don’t do as well,” said Rosen. Over the course of the next several...

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