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Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 17

Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 17

Join Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani with special guest Professor James Douglass from Florida Gulf Coast University on the Estero Bay tributaries as they talk water quality and conditions.

Blue-Green Algae Task Force to Meet After Months-Long Hiatus

Blue-Green Algae Task Force to Meet After Months-Long Hiatus

Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force is meeting again, after a several-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The group is made up of scientists from around the state who make recommendations to lawmakers with the goal of eventually cleaning up the state’s ailing waterways.

Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 16

Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 16

Catch up with John Cassani and all things water quality in this episode of Words from the Waterkeeper. Updates on the significant Lake Okeechobee algae bloom along with fecal bacteria contamination in local waterways and shellfish harvesting restrictions from FDACS.

Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 15

Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 15

Calusa Waterkeeper, John Cassani talks water temperatures in the mid to high 90s in back bays which is creating hypoxic conditions. Plus, an update on the Lake Okeechobee cyanobacteria bloom, and a massive trichodesmium bloom along the Sarasota County coastline.

Environmental Groups say Latest Water Bill is Bad for Florida

Environmental Groups say Latest Water Bill is Bad for Florida

Environmental groups across the state are challenging the bill recently signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis that is supposed to help clean up Florida’s ailing waterways. Critics of the bill say it fails to advance Florida’s water quality standards and regulations and is actually worse than having no new water laws at all.

Fort Myers has a Water Pollution Problem and FDEP Promises Penalties

Fort Myers has a Water Pollution Problem and FDEP Promises Penalties

Over the past several months, the agency that protects Florida’s environment has juggled several major pollution incidents in Fort Myers. The troubles have come from causes ranging from inadequately protected construction sites to aging infrastructure including a 193,000-gallon sewage spill in March.

Lake Okechobee Blue-Green Algae Bloom Shrinks in Size

Lake Okechobee Blue-Green Algae Bloom Shrinks in Size

Recent satellite imagery shows a shrinking blue-green algae bloom covering less than half of Lake Okeechobee, with the densest patches being concentrated along the northwest shore. However, it’s still too early in the summer to know whether or not a major bloom will manifest this year.

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