Water infested with blue-green algae is not safe to swim in, play in or drink because of harmful toxins. Although, far less is known about what’s in the air regarding those same algae outbreaks. Calusa Waterkeeper & volunteers deploy ADAM, aka Aerosol Detector for Algae Monitoring, to monitor & sample air near algae outbreak hotspots.
Calusa Waterkeeper continues to deploy their high-tech ADAM devices around our local watershed for studying the blue-green algae outbreaks. Blooms are present on the lake, in the Caloosahatchee and along canals in Southwest Florida.
A toxic blue-green algae bloom that’s been drifting around downtown Fort Myers has now spread to other areas, including the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Calusa Waterkeeper Codty Pierce deploys an aerosol detection for algae monitoring unit along the Caloosahatchee River near algae hot spots.
A toxic blue-green algae bloom appears to be strengthening in the Caloosahatchee, as green slicks of the organisms are visible in Fort Myers. “I’ve been seeing it around the Edison Bridges and a little downtown,” said Calusa Waterkeeper Codty Pierce. “It’s that lime-green streaking at the surface.”
WINK News has spoken with many Cape Coral residents to address some pressing questions surrounding bubble curtains, which are aimed at reducing algae entering our canal system from the Caloosahatchee River.
This month out of the 30 sites throughout the watershed tested by the Calusa Waterkeeper, 23% passed and 77% failed. The highest FIB count reported of 2,909 MPN at Manuel’s Branch will be discussed in a upcoming meeting.
There are 15 Waterkeeper organizations here in Florida, including the Calusa Waterkeeper and the Collier County Waterkeeper which welcomes Ray Bearfield as the new Waterkeeper.
Florida Department of Health officials confirmed that a blue-green algae outbreak in the Caloosahatchee River is toxic to humans and animals. DOH officials say the bloom is centered around North Shore Park and West First Street and Altamont Avenue in downtown Fort Myers.
Residents living on canals along the Caloosahatchee have spotted blue-green algae. and experts are concerned about conditions worsening. Calusa Waterkeeper, Codty Pierce said, “This looks like it might be a Cyanobacteria bloom of some sort.”
From Naples to Lake Okeechobee and along the Caloosahatchee in between, algae is troubling Southwest Florida. A bloom currently coats more than 350 square miles of the lake; scientists have sampled cyanobacteria in multiple spots on the river and Collier County beach water is brown as saltwater species rolls on the surf.
Lawsuits have been flying as the South Florida Water Management District and its fired contractor quarrel over a soured $560-million deal to build the C-43 reservoir.
A week into hurricane season, as concerns over algae blooms mount, Caloosahatchee river watchers don’t have to worry about Lake O making things worse – at least for the moment. But there are algae hotspots to watch out for in Fort Myers.