Originally published on SeaGrant Florida blog by Sarisha Boodoo on April 30, 2024

As for Codty Pierce, he is affiliated with Calusa Waterkeeper, an organization committed to safeguarding the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary in Southwest Florida. Their focus includes monitoring harmful algal blooms, fecal indicator bacteria, and red tide – all of which can significantly affect seagrass. 

“In Lee County, fecal bacteria and stormwater runoff are prominent issues we are looking at. Sampling results show  serious fecal bacteria contamination in our waterways,” says Codty. “In addition to Calusa Waterkeeper’s monitoring priorities, I am determined to incorporate seagrass into Lee County’s water quality considerations, with the aim of potentially initiating a pilot program for Lee County.”

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