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Algae found floating in Cape Coral canals

Algae found floating in Cape Coral canals

John Cassani is the Calusa Waterkeeper and says there were multiple factors leading to the green algae. These include rain, water movement and warm water temperature. But the dominant force is runoff.

Life Sometimes Finds a Way

Life Sometimes Finds a Way

One recent August day, a wandering ecologist named John Cassani found himself bumping up onto Mound Key Archaeological State Park in the middle of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. There, the Calusa Indians once discarded their seashells in vast quantities, with intent.

Large Plumes of Discolored Water Spotted in Estero Bay

Large Plumes of Discolored Water Spotted in Estero Bay

FGCU’s Water School put a sample of water under a microscope from a local beach. They found multiple kinds of algae, meaning they were being fed by that same nutrients. “It’s just a question of extra nutrients that man would put in to keep it growing,” said Dr. Barry Rosen from FGCU.

Red Tide Leading to Fish Kills off Coast of Southwest Florida

Red Tide Leading to Fish Kills off Coast of Southwest Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Red Tide map shows different levels of red tide cells. Areas like Boca Grande Pass and Little Gasparilla Island are in the red, depicting they have high concentrations of red tide.

Red Tide Sticking Around Longer Could Cause More Damage

Red Tide Sticking Around Longer Could Cause More Damage

On the latest red tide map, you can see that in the area where the pictures were taken, there are medium to high concentrations of red tide. And one expert says that the longer that red tide sticks around, the more damage it can cause.

Red Tide Bloom Apparent off of Placida in Charlotte County

Red Tide Bloom Apparent off of Placida in Charlotte County

A red tide bloom is affecting Placida in Charlotte County. The area has lots of dead fish and the water is dark and murky. “We’re seeing an increase of incidence of red tide right now,” said John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper.

Connecting the Dots for Restoring Florida’s Waters

Connecting the Dots for Restoring Florida’s Waters

The recent traveling PR campaign by Colonel Kelly of the Army Corps to field concerns about the LOSOM plan for regulating Lake Okeechobee was quite an interesting process on narrow points of view. The local government reps were lamenting sending more polluted water from Lake Okeechobee as part of the Colonel’s proposed Lake Schedule.

John Cassani Speaks at the Sanibel Rotary

John Cassani Speaks at the Sanibel Rotary

Calusa Waterkeeper, John Cassani describes the effects of the cyanobacteria that is in the waters, causing harm to our waterways, the life within the water and the health effects to people who live and work on or around the water.

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