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Lake Okeechobee Releases to the Caloosahatchee Begin

Lake Okeechobee Releases to the Caloosahatchee Begin

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they will begin releasing Lake Okeechobee discharges into the Caloosahatchee River. This raises concerns in Southwest Florida because the area is still trying to dry out after Hurricane Ian.

Calusa Waterkeeper to Distribute Rapid Home Drinking Water Test Kits

Calusa Waterkeeper to Distribute Rapid Home Drinking Water Test Kits

Calusa Waterkeeper is committed to keeping our residents informed about water quality. With that in mind, we are offering two free water test kits for your use to ensure your home’s drinking water is safe. These free kits will be distributed Saturday, October 15.

Health Officials Warn Against Swimming at Local Beaches and Pools After Hurricane Ian

Health Officials Warn Against Swimming at Local Beaches and Pools After Hurricane Ian

The Department of Health in Lee County issued an advisory warning the public against swimming at local beaches or in swimming pools because of an elevated risk of waterborne illnesses due to Hurricane Ian causing septic tank failures, swimming pools filled with brackish water, and various community sewage treatment facilities going offline.

Fecal Bacteria Returns to Lee County Waters

Fecal Bacteria Returns to Lee County Waters

The Calusa Waterkeeper, an environmental watchdog in Lee County, surveyed recreational waterways around Lee County and found high levels of fecal bacteria in places like Whiskey Creek, Manatee Park and the Estero River.

No End in Sight for Florida’s Water Woes

No End in Sight for Florida’s Water Woes

The longer the delay in making real progress toward restoring Florida’s polluted waters, the more expensive it will be to attain restoration, much less enforce regulations meant to prevent the problem. -John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper

Calusa Waterkeeper Welcomes New Team Member

Calusa Waterkeeper Welcomes New Team Member

The Calusa Waterkeeper Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Julie Althaver to the team. Althaver brings a wealth of experience in fundraising and communications with an extensive background in cultivating meaningful donor relationships, securing major gifts, and managing complex projects.

Calusa Waterkeeper Looking at Effects of Blue-Green Algae Toxins

Calusa Waterkeeper Looking at Effects of Blue-Green Algae Toxins

As blue-green algae blooms grow, so do health concerns. Lee County, the Department of Environmental Protection, and FGCU are all monitoring the situation as the Calusa Waterkeeper digs further into air quality testing to protect those living nearby.

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