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Who can Close Southwest Florida Beaches when Water Quality is Poor?

Who can Close Southwest Florida Beaches when Water Quality is Poor?

If you want to swim in poop-, red tide- or cyanobacteria-contaminated waters, Florida’s health department isn’t going to stop you – in Lee County, at least. When enteric bacteria levels were high at Bonita Beach last month, people went right on splashing around in the warm Gulf.

Red Tide not Expected to Impact Southwest Florida this Year

Red Tide not Expected to Impact Southwest Florida this Year

More than four years have passed since a devastating and deadly red tide ravaged Southwest Florida, killing off millions of tons of marine life and shutting down the local tourism industry. And while late summer and early fall are when blooms typically initiate, red tide levels are at normal, background concentrations so far this year.

Words from the Waterkeeper – Episode 35

Words from the Waterkeeper – Episode 35

Updates on local water quality in the region from Lake Okeechobee through the Caloosahatchee to the coastal waters. Please consider supporting our ongoing air & water sampling.

Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force Meets After Half-Year Hiatus

Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force Meets After Half-Year Hiatus

It was a day of sharp questions and soul-searching as Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force met Thursday for the first time since February. The broad topic of this meeting: Why, after three years of task force effort, is Florida’s water still so troubled?

Elevated Fecal Bacteria Recorded in Several Lee County Waterways

Elevated Fecal Bacteria Recorded in Several Lee County Waterways

The Calusa Waterkeeper released sampling data showing three Lee County locations that saw high fecal bacteria indicators. Those locations included Pine Island Sound at Flamingo Bay on Pine Island and Billy’s Creek near Ortiz Avenue and Shady Oaks Park.

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