Group Tests Air Quality Impacts of Decomposing Algae

Jun 30, 2021 | Press

Originally published by WINK News on June 30, 2021

Something beneath the surface of the water may impact the air we breathe.

Volunteers are testing the air quality around Matlacha Pass and whether decomposing algae released dangerous chemicals into the air.

Sue Dahod doesn’t take her role as a Calusa Waterkeeper ranger lightly.

“I’m just trying to help. I’m trying to give my abilities and my resources that I, you know, my education, to help, to help others solve the problems.”

One problem she’s trying to solve, or at least, better understand, is the decomposing algae in Matlacha Pass. To do this, she and another ranger have teamed up with the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District to measure hydrogen sulfide in the air, a potential result of the algae breaking down.

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