A recent News-Press article (“Well-known FGCU professor accused of downplaying blue-green algae by water advocate”) overlooks the principal barrier to public understanding of Florida’s persistent blue-green algae – the calibration of exposure to risk.
If you’ve never heard of Dapis algae, you’re not alone. It does not seem to get much airtime but is another damaging form of algae outbreak that continues to plague our coastline, negatively impacting our environment, economy and quality of life.
Israeli company won a lucrative contract in Florida to use their algaecide to treat blue-green algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee & elsewhere. Concerns have been raised on efficacy and whether or not officials are following the product’s label for application and safety.
The League of Women Voters of Lee County will be holding a LWVLee Educational Event called Clean Water in Lee County: Issues, Solutions and Actions on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Special interests have a powerful grip on our state government, and we suffer the consequences in red tides, blue-green algae blooms, fecal bacteria contamination, disappearing seagrass and dead manatees.
Several high-profile groups and nonprofits bowed out of a legal challenge to keep Cape Coral’s Chiquita Boat Lock, a nearly 50-year-old manmade barrier, in operation, citing fears of massive attorney’s fees and alleged “intimidation” by the city.
The city’s latest request to remove the lock should be denied on many of the same grounds that it was denied on a few short years ago in Administrative Law Judge Francis Ffolkes’ December 2019 ruling.
A Caloosahatchee River water advocate says a Florida Gulf Coast University professor is endangering public health by downplaying the ongoing blue-green algae outbreak in Lake Okeechobee and the river.
So far this summer, Army Corps officials have been releasing Lake Okeechobee water in pulses as the lake level rises and the wet season continues, which is leading to blue waters of the Caloosahatchee Estuary and connected waterways to turn green with algal blooms.
Something needs to be done about the Chiquita Lock. The lock was designed to prevent Cape Coral’s polluted water from entering the Caloosahatchee estuary. It has fallen into disrepair, is a headache for boaters, and is dangerous for manatees.
The Cape Coral city council has approved $300,000 to be used in the continuing fight against algal blooms. The money will be used to purchase additional bubble curtains and continued water treatments.
Calusa Waterkeeper Codty Pierce says even small amounts of Lake Okeechobee water will infect the Caloosahatchee River with toxic blue-green algae blooms. Water is being released from the lake now as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tries to keep surface levels in check.