Originally published by NBC-2 News on June 7, 2021

Governor Ron DeSantis visited the WP Franklin Lock and Dam on the Caloosahatchee River Thursday.

The governor’s office confirmed he received a briefing on an innovative technology treatment being used to combat blue green algal blooms. The treatment is performed by BlueGreen Water Technologies, a leading Israeli algae mitigation company.

BlueGreen Water Technologies is treating blue-green algae in the Caloosahatchee River with an innovative technology Lake Guard Oxy, the governor said. It neutralizes blue-green algae and associated cyanobacterial toxic blooms without negative environmental impacts.

South Florida Water Management District officials said the product they’ve been testing in the Caloosahatchee appears to work. They’re now a little more than a week into a test of Lake Guard Oxy on the water near the Franklin Lock.

Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani expressed concerns about how the EPA-approved product is impacting the surrounding environment.

“The product is relatively benign, if used according to the label,” Cassani said.

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