Newsletter - March/April 2022
Calusa Waterkeeper is thrilled to announce that our latest documentary, Waterborne, is now available FREE for public viewing! This important film, along with our other educational documentaries are all available to view for free on our website.
Calusa Waterkeeper 2022 Annual Meeting and Launch of Collaborative Beer
Calusa Waterkeeper spent a fun night at our annual meeting, debuting a new collaboration with Point Ybel Brewing Co., announcing our slate of board officers, and recognizing individuals who go above and beyond to protect and restore water quality. Learn More
Calusa Waterkeeper on what to know about Macroalgae at Matlacha
A stench is coming from algae in one part of Southwest Florida. The Calusa Waterkeeper is arming you with what you need to know about this algae. Unsightly, algae is all too common during this time of year. And while the look is one thing, the smell is something completely different. Watch Now
Mangrove Clearing & Runoff at Siesta Isles near Fort Myers Beach Raises Alarm
As an on-again, off-again project near San Carlos Island moves into its next phase, neighbors are crying foul, and the state environmental agency is promising an inspector’s visit. In progress for more than half a century, work is ramping up again, to the dismay of nearby residents. Read More
Action Alert: Please ask Gov. DeSantis to Veto SB 2508
Written in committee as a special bill, SB 2508 bypassed the typical committee and analysis processes, only allowing for one public hearing.
Join us in asking Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to VETO Senate Bill 2508, which despite various amendments still contains concerning elements harmful to Lake Okeechobee management and several state-wide water quality issues. See How
Join us on May 24, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
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Waterside Chat with Calusa Waterkeeper,
John Cassani at Rotary Park in Cape Coral.
More information to follow
Significant construction related turbidity violation at a development off of Siesta Dr. near Ft. Myers Beach. The activity has resulted in discharge to San Carlos Bay and other environmentally sensitive areas. Impacts to mangroves and nearshore communities are likely. Photos are from 3-31-22. FDEP is investigating.
Foul looking water in San Carlos Bay near the Miserable Mile. Nearly 100% of the freshwater inflow to the estuary is from Lake Okeechobee. The estuary needs freshwater inflow during the dry season but the water is badly polluted with nutrient pollution that fuels algae blooms. Photos by Ralph Arwood
Macro algae and milky-colored water showing up again in Matlacha Pass. This has become an annual event in the State Aquatic Preserve. The milky water is thought to result from white sulfur bacteria decomposing the macro algae. A strong rotten egg - hydrogen sulfide smell also present. Aerial photos by Ralph Arwood, 3-29-22 and ground level photos by Carmen Driscoll, 3-30-22.
A type of yellow-green alga, Voucheria sp. that has become quite abundant in the lower Caloosahatchee estuary. We are concerned this and other types of macroalgae respond quicker to nutrient enrichment and outcompete seagrass. Thanks to CWK Ranger Rueben for the pics from 3-20-22 and to Dr. Rosen at FGCU for the identification.
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