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Calusa Waterkeeper Announces Public Premiere of Waterborne Documentary and Expert Panel Discussion

Calusa Waterkeeper Announces Public Premiere of Waterborne Documentary and Expert Panel Discussion

People have a right to know what is in the water and the potential health risks. Waterborne is a documentary film exploring the public health impact of harmful algal blooms and waterborne containments. Hear from scientific experts and officials on how Florida’s policies fail to reduce the occurrence of HABs and bacteria contamination and inadequately protect the public from exposure.

Florida Bill Wants Signs Posted by Creeks and Waters Contaminated by Fecal Bacteria

Florida Bill Wants Signs Posted by Creeks and Waters Contaminated by Fecal Bacteria

A new bill is calling for warning signs about what’s lurking underneath the surface of Florida’s waterways. If the Safe Waterways Act becomes law, signs would warn people of fecal bacteria present in any body of water. Those behind the bill believe it can turn the tide for public health as thousands of miles and rivers are impaired.

Critics ‘Not Totally Sold’ on Army Corps’ New Plan for Lake Okeechobee Releases

Critics ‘Not Totally Sold’ on Army Corps’ New Plan for Lake Okeechobee Releases

Dozens of scientists, environmental groups, elected officials and agency heads met to talk about recent changes to a still-controversial plan to govern Lake Okeechobee releases. Paul Gray, Audubon Florida’s director of science, offered a cautionary tale about becoming strictly wedded to policies that don’t necessarily make ecological sense.

Florida Legislators Introduce Safe Waterways Act

Florida Legislators Introduce Safe Waterways Act

State Senator Lori Berman and State Representative Yvonne Hayes Hinson recently filed SB 604 and HB 393, termed the “Safe Waterways Act.” The legislation will require county health departments to post and maintain warning signs at additional public bathing places that have been verified impaired for enterococci bacteria by the Florida Department of Health.

Report Shines Spotlight on Southwest Florida’s Water Issues

Report Shines Spotlight on Southwest Florida’s Water Issues

A state report shows trouble in Southwest Florida’s water. Scientists warn that areas of our water are polluted with nutrients and bacteria. While the findings are no surprise to those who sample and study our waterways, the unwanted attention could be a much-needed wake-up call.

Pollution Verified in Most of Southwest Florida Area’s Prized Water Bodies

Pollution Verified in Most of Southwest Florida Area’s Prized Water Bodies

What’s been long suspected now is official: Southwest Florida’s most cherished waters are in trouble. From Charlotte Harbor south to San Carlos Bay, a draft state report shows widespread pollution from the fertilizer nitrogen and the algae byproduct, chlorophyll. Many of them also contain unhealthy levels of fecal bacteria.

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