Caloosahatchee River and Estuaries Facing New Type of Algae Bloom

by | Dec 9, 2019 | Press

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Originally published by NBC-2 News on December 8, 2019

The Caloosahatchee River and its estuaries have been looking brown and murky.

It’s making people ask ‘what’s in the water?’ in parts of southeast Cape Coral and North Fort Myers.

Scientists are studying a newer type of algae bloom that’s been popping up in the river for the first time in years. It’s called Akashiwo Sanguinea.

After Calusa Waterkeeper volunteers took samples to the experts, they said dumping and sewage aren’t causing the discoloration.

Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani has been working with Dr. Rick Bartleson, a scientist at the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation.

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