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No End in Sight for Florida’s Water Woes

No End in Sight for Florida’s Water Woes

The longer the delay in making real progress toward restoring Florida’s polluted waters, the more expensive it will be to attain restoration, much less enforce regulations meant to prevent the problem. -John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper

Calusa Waterkeeper Welcomes New Team Member

Calusa Waterkeeper Welcomes New Team Member

The Calusa Waterkeeper Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Julie Althaver to the team. Althaver brings a wealth of experience in fundraising and communications with an extensive background in cultivating meaningful donor relationships, securing major gifts, and managing complex projects.

Calusa Waterkeeper Looking at Effects of Blue-Green Algae Toxins

Calusa Waterkeeper Looking at Effects of Blue-Green Algae Toxins

As blue-green algae blooms grow, so do health concerns. Lee County, the Department of Environmental Protection, and FGCU are all monitoring the situation as the Calusa Waterkeeper digs further into air quality testing to protect those living nearby.

Update on Blue-Green Algae in Little Lake Michigan Canal

Update on Blue-Green Algae in Little Lake Michigan Canal

The blue-green algae in the Little Lake Michigan Canal appears to have been broken up by the recent heavy rain. Just because it is no longer visible on the surface, experts say that doesn’t mean that it’s gone.

Matlacha Pass Water Quality with Capt. Codty Pierce

Matlacha Pass Water Quality with Capt. Codty Pierce

Capt. Codty Pierce shares his observations on Matlacha Pass water quality and boating pressure. Matlacha Pass is a State Aquatic Persevere and designated an Outstanding Florida Water (OFW), but it is also verified impaired for nutrients, fecal bacteria in shellfish, and more.

New Study Shows Red Tide Exposure can Cause Neurological Woes

New Study Shows Red Tide Exposure can Cause Neurological Woes

A new study by Sarasota’s Roskamp Institute shows breathing red tide toxins can cause neurological problems. More than 250 volunteers from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties helped with the Roskamp study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Harmful Algae.

Local Algae Bloom Task Force Provides Latest Information for Area Waters

Local Algae Bloom Task Force Provides Latest Information for Area Waters

Waterkeeper Ranger Sue Dahod, facilitator of the Pine Island Algae Bloom Task Force, provided an update on the condition of the water in Matlacha. She and Waterkeeper John Cassani took a water sample and identified it primarily as Blue-Green Algae and was positive for low levels of Saxitoxin.

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