Calusa Waterkeeper Ranger, Sue Dahod lends her time and educational background to keep an eye on water conditions throughout Matlacha Pass from both Pine Island and the shores of Matlacha. Calusa Waterkeeper brings you these updates from her observations.
There’s new information about airborne toxins in Southwest Florida as research expands. Concerns are growing about the impact on the community and the air we breathe. The Calusa Waterkeeper set up air samplers in various locations around Lee County last year after the red tide and blue-green algae outbreak in 2018.
A first-of-its-kind field study of Southwest Florida air and water didn’t find widespread cyanobacteria toxins however, it did find several neurotoxins as well as three forms of BMAA, a neurotoxin linked to grave brain diseases.
Calusa Waterkeeper and Wyoming-based Brain Chemistry Labs collaborate on a groundbreaking device to research airborne toxins from harmful algal blooms utilizing the most sensitive technology available for detecting harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins,
When legislation that would have let developers destroy seagrass in exchange for mitigation credits died with Florida’s 2022 session last month, many environmental advocates were relieved. What Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani wants to know; “If water quality decline underlies seagrass loss, then why would continual planting change anything?”
A group of clean water advocates has announced a drive to get the “Right to Clean and Healthy Waters” added as a state constitutional amendment on the 2024 ballot. To qualify, the amendment needs 891,589 signed and verified petitions.
Billy’s Creek isn’t clearing up after years of problems. The Calusa Waterkeeper says there’s a high level of contamination in areas known for being a health concern. Every time anyone touches this polluted water they’re at risk.
A legal petition filed by neighbors concerned about mangrove removal in the Siesta Isles development was dismissed. Petitioners say they’re already planning another round and enlisted environmental attorney Ralf Brooks to help stop the clearing, which they say had overstepped the bounds of the project.
Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force gave lawmakers a C average on adopting the scientists’ solutions to curb and clean up water pollution that ignites toxic blooms. The five experts Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed to the panel say lawmakers largely aren’t acting fast enough.
A new University of Florida study with two nonprofit research partners shows clear ties between nitrogen from human activities and the longevity and severity of the saltwater harmful algal blooms as published in the academic journal Science of the Total Environment.
A Florida lawmaker is working to stop harmful discharges that cause blue-green algae in our canals. Representative Brian Mast introduced the Northern Estuaries Restoration Plan Act focusing on ending discharges from Lake O into coastal estuaries.
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.