This year marks the 30th anniversary of the designation of the Estero Bay tributaries as Outstanding Florida Waters. To commemorate the occasion, Calusa Waterkeeper will present “Saving Estero Bay,” an online benefit to restore Estero Bay’s tributaries.
Neighbors who live nearby the Shaughnessey canal in Cape Coral are concerned now that it might have fallen victim to a blue-green algae bloom. Water experts say storms will wash more nutrients into canals like the Shaughnessey. If it’s blue-green algae, it could get worse with all the rain.
The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has been issuing health advisories in response to blue-green algae blooms in three Cape Coral canals. We talk with Calusa Waterkeeper, John Cassani, to discuss this new outreach effort, and get the current state of our local waters.
John Cassani addresses the ongoing cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee and separate build-ups of nutrients causing Microcystis and Phormidium blooms in Cape Coral freshwater canals. Stay tuned, as we need your help asking Governor DeSantis and FDEP for implementing standards on cyanotoxins.
Water pollution from two downtown Fort Myers construction sites has halted work for the third time in as many months. A heavy rainstorm sent sheets of silty water into the river, past the floating yellow curtains installed to contain it.
Two construction sites in downtown Fort Myers are facing scrutiny from the state Department of Environmental Protection and local leaders, after photos and complaints about runoff into the Caloosahatchee. John Cassani is a member of Calusa Waterkeeper, one of the groups, who sounded the alarm.
Efforts to clean up Billy’s Creek are getting a boost. The City of Fort Myers and Calusa Waterkeeper are working together surveying the waterway to help make our water cleaner. The problem is, surveyors are getting conflicting data for fecal bacteria and source tracing.
Fort Myers officials went on the offensive Tuesday in an effort to counter claims that bacteria, including fecal material, is flowing from the Billy’s Creek watershed to the Caloosahatchee. Calusa Waterkeeper continually releases the results of testing that claims high levels of fecal bacteria in Billy’s Creek.
Green Cape Coral canals have become as predictable as the summer rains, and this year is no exception. But while stagnant city waterways may be nothing new, the health department speaking up about it is. In the past week the Florida Department of Health in Lee County has sent out three email blasts warning of algae.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is investigating new reports of stormwater runoff from the City Walk and Silver Hills projects into the Caloosahatchee River. The DEP came to the site earlier this week and told the groups to make repairs where necessary, and work to prevent further discharges.
Community water activists in Cape Coral are concerned about the growing number of algae blooms in the area. Blue-green algae has been found in Makai Canal, Boris Canal, and Highlander Canal. The Lee County Department of Health sent out a warning stating the algae could potentially be toxic.
Two downtown Fort Myers developments have been shut down again for water pollution violations. On Monday, the FDEP fined City Walk $56,948.00 for violating clean water rules in June; action against Silver Hills is pending. Both developments are near West First Street.