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Piney Point Wastewater May Fuel Harmful Algae Bloom Along Florida Coast

Piney Point Wastewater May Fuel Harmful Algae Bloom Along Florida Coast

Environmental groups worry that releases from the Piney Point wastewater treatment facility near Tampa Bay will eventually fuel an algae bloom that could harm areas of coastal Florida. Nutrient-rich waters from the treatment facility will offset natural balances in the coastal estuaries and eventually end up in the Gulf of Mexico, where red tide initiates.

Officials Announce a Second Breach Concern in Florida Phosphate Reservoir

Officials Announce a Second Breach Concern in Florida Phosphate Reservoir

A wastewater reservoir in Manatee County is on the verge of collapse. If the Piney Point reservoir collapses, a 20-foot wall of water is expected to flood the area. A drone discovered a possible second breach in the reservoir as more pumps were headed to the site to prevent a catastrophic flood.

St. James City Boat Club Helping Keep Local Waters Clean

St. James City Boat Club Helping Keep Local Waters Clean

First Officer Peter Karas of the St. James City Boat Club said about 35 people and roughly 15 boats participated in a clean-up effort around Pine Island. Overall, he said the Boat Club did very well at what they’d intended, including making a substantial donation to Calusa Waterkeeper.

Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 26

Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 26

Our Calusa Waterkeeper discusses Lake Okeechobee water levels, ongoing red tide blooms and cyanobacteria in the Caloosahatchee. Plus, he updates us on the manatee mortality rate, and the newly-released Southwest Florida Water Quality Report.

Boaters Volunteer to Clean SWFL Waterways During Clean Water Week

Boaters Volunteer to Clean SWFL Waterways During Clean Water Week

It is Clean Water Week and the St. James City Boat Club is joining the Calusa Waterkeeper to help clear debris and test the quality of the water in certain spots. Members of the boat club headed to Picnic Island and many of the canals throughout St. James City and Flamingo Bay to pick up trash in the water.

Study Finds Glyphosate in More Than Half of All Sampled Florida Manatees

Study Finds Glyphosate in More Than Half of All Sampled Florida Manatees

A scientific study concludes that Florida manatees are chronically exposed to glyphosate because of the application of the pesticide to sugarcane and aquatic weeds. The study found glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and the world’s most-used pesticide, in the plasma of 55.8% of the Florida manatees sampled.

Army Corps Working Toward New Release Schedule for Lake Okeechobee

Army Corps Working Toward New Release Schedule for Lake Okeechobee

The Army Corps conducts and regulates releases, and the agency has tried to keep the level of the lake between 12.5 feet and 15.5 feet above sea level to provide flood control, water supply to farms and urbanized areas, and to provide healthy flows to systems like the Caloosahatchee.

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