The longer the delay in making real progress toward restoring Florida’s polluted waters, the more expensive it will be to attain restoration, much less enforce regulations meant to prevent the problem. -John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper
The Calusa Waterkeeper Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Julie Althaver to the team. Althaver brings a wealth of experience in fundraising and communications with an extensive background in cultivating meaningful donor relationships, securing major gifts, and managing complex projects.
As blue-green algae blooms grow, so do health concerns. Lee County, the Department of Environmental Protection, and FGCU are all monitoring the situation as the Calusa Waterkeeper digs further into air quality testing to protect those living nearby.
From the greenish color of the water to the odor that comes from it, now the work to handle the blue-green algae bloom is in North Fort Myers. Lee county brought an Environmental company to help treat and restore a waterway.
Cyanobacteria has taken over the canals of Waterway Estates in North Fort Myers, a canal system along the Caloosahatchee. Photos taken show huge, green mats of bad-smelling blue-green algae, but now scientists are concerned it could be harmful to breathe for people living nearby.
The blue-green algae in the Little Lake Michigan Canal appears to have been broken up by the recent heavy rain. Just because it is no longer visible on the surface, experts say that doesn’t mean that it’s gone.
Blue-green algae have been found in a North Fort Myers canal and people are not only seeing it but smelling it as well. It blooms during this time of year, but one homeowner along the canal says in her 20 years here she has never seen it in her own backyard.
Capt. Codty Pierce shares his observations on Matlacha Pass water quality and boating pressure. Matlacha Pass is a State Aquatic Persevere and designated an Outstanding Florida Water (OFW), but it is also verified impaired for nutrients, fecal bacteria in shellfish, and more.
Lake Okeechobee levels are low with only six weeks left in the rainy season, a scenario that could put seagrasses, oysters and marine critters that rely on the Caloosahatchee estuary in trouble.
The Estero Council of Community Leaders is holding a town-hall style Public Forum on Greater Estero Water Quality and Environment Actions and Solutions at The Water School at FGCU at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
A new study by Sarasota’s Roskamp Institute shows breathing red tide toxins can cause neurological problems. More than 250 volunteers from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties helped with the Roskamp study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Harmful Algae.
Waterkeeper Ranger Sue Dahod, facilitator of the Pine Island Algae Bloom Task Force, provided an update on the condition of the water in Matlacha. She and Waterkeeper John Cassani took a water sample and identified it primarily as Blue-Green Algae and was positive for low levels of Saxitoxin.