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Fish kill reported at Galt Preserve in St. James City

Fish kill reported at Galt Preserve in St. James City

Calusa Waterkeeper Codty Pierce responded to a fish kill report at the preserve, he saw a school of fish at least 30 to 40. The smell is still in the air, despite the fish being removed from the water.

Waterkeeper Has Eyes on The Seagrass

Waterkeeper Has Eyes on The Seagrass

Calusa Waterkeeper has announced the start of the “Eyes on Seagrass” pilot program in Lee County, a program developed and managed by Florida Sea Grant in partnership with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Scientists.

Exploring Environmental Interconnectedness and Stewardship through the Eyes on Seagrass Program

Exploring Environmental Interconnectedness and Stewardship through the Eyes on Seagrass Program

Spanning along Florida’s extensive coastline are 2.7 million acres of seagrass meadows, serving as vital ecosystems that provide a food source and habitat for many commercially and recreationally important fishery species. Beyond their ecological significance, these meadows play a crucial role in enhancing water clarity, stabilizing shorelines, and sequestering carbon and nitrogen.

Green Algae replacing what once lush sea grass meadows in Matlacha Pass

Green Algae replacing what once lush sea grass meadows in Matlacha Pass

Sea grass is such an important part of our environment here in Southwest Florida. It provides habitat for our fish and food for our manatees. But unfortunately, that sea grass is going away and is being replaced by green algae. Meteorologist Andrew Shipley spent the day with Calusa Waterkeeper Codty Pierce to get a closer look at this problem.

Calusa Waterkeeper Hosts Successful Vertical Oyster Garden Workshop

Calusa Waterkeeper Hosts Successful Vertical Oyster Garden Workshop

Calusa Waterkeeper, is thrilled to announce the successful completion of its Vertical Oyster Garden (VOG) workshop, held at the St. James City Civic Association on April 8, 2024. The organization plans to host several VOG workshops in 2024 to engage individuals, communities, students, and businesses in the fight for clean water.

Revised petition for clean, healthy waters going out

Revised petition for clean, healthy waters going out

Lee County voters who signed a petition to qualify a proposed “Right to Clean and Healthy Waters” Constitutional Amendment for the 2024 ballot will soon receive a 2026 petition in the mail, according to FloridaRightToCleanWater.org — the organization behind the statewide effort.

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