Calusa Waterkeeper has been following the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual process since it began in 2018/19. The organization and many of our members have submitted public comments throughout the process over the years. Calusa Waterkeeper has had concerns...
Federal water managers celebrated Everglades restoration work completed north of Lake Okeechobee that will help curb harmful releases to the Caloosahatchee and its estuary. Restoring natural flows in the Kissimmee River is one of the top restoration priorities in South Florida.
The Corps is planning on implementing a new set of regulations, called the Lake Okeechobee Systems Operating Manual, or LOSOM. We explore the ongoing decision-making process with John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper; and James Evans, Environmental Policy Director at SCCF.
A new plan is up for discussion to help fishing on Lake Okeechobee while also alleviating algal blooms in the state. One of the ultimate goals is to improve the water quality for folks on and around the lake. It’s not one size fits all when it comes to solutions for Lake Okeechobee…
Sue Dahod, a Calusa Waterkeeper Ranger, teamed up with the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Department to test the water in Matlacha, after complaints from residents who said they were getting sick due to marine toxicity surrounding their homes.
A nonprofit dedicated to the protection of our vital water bodies in the region and state is taking matters into its own hands to keep an eye on water and air quality. Calusa Waterkeeper recently set up a device in its test phases to monitor algae toxins in the air at a Cape Coral resident’s property.
High school students Aydin Khan-Bridgers of Naples and Ava Spencer of Raleigh plan to spend a week kayaking around Pine Island Sound to help raise awareness of the deteriorating marine environment while conducting water tests for FGCU’s Dr. James Douglass.
Calusa Waterkeeper is checking the air for cyanotoxins, produced by microscopic organisms that photosynthesize as plants do, but are indeed bacteria, even though they’re commonly called blue-green algae. Some produce potent toxins that have been linked to grave health problems.
A large plume of storm runoff could be seen from Naples Bay through Gordon Pass. That plume has since dissipated into the Gulf but there remains an underlying issue for water experts. We’re seeing more nutrients in SW FL waters so the question is, could this cause more problems?
New pictures taken over Lake Okeechobee show huge swaths of blue-green algae and Tropical Storm Elsa could make things worse. “Our pilot flew the lake yesterday and there was about a 12 mile stretch of the lake where it was concentrated for sure,” John Cassani, from the Calusa Waterkeeper, said.
There is no comparison between what happened in Flint Michigan and what is now happening in SW Florida. For the record, I would like to state a few facts about water quality in Lee County and then the readers can make up their own minds on how competent our state and local officials are.
This week’s updates from John include water quality in Matlacha Pass, info on CDC study, and an event this Saturday, July 3rd at 2 pm, at Unitarian Universalist Church to support Right to Clean Water.