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Testing Relationship Between Algae Outbreaks and Health Concerns

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.

New Tech Studying Blue-Green Algae in SWFL

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.

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Thickening in Caloosahatchee

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Thickening in Caloosahatchee

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.”

Blue-Green Algae near Downtown Fort Myers in Caloosahatchee River

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.

Blue-Green Algae Polluting the Caloosahatchee

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.”

Blue-Green Algae Blooms Plague Southwest Florida Waters from Naples to Lake O

Blue-Green Algae Blooms Plague Southwest Florida Waters from Naples to Lake O

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.

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