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.
Drone images taken by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation after Hurricane Ian show a crimson tide of nutrient-polluted water flowing from the Caloosahatchee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.
Many beachgoers are starting to make their return after Hurricane Ian. For some, it’s just looking at the damage, while others are ready to get back in the water. However, swimming in the Gulf might not be advisable just yet.
With two months to go in 2022, Florida has already smashed a grim record this year: 65 infections of Vibrio vulnificus, a potentially deadly microbe known, though not quite correctly, as flesh-eating bacteria.
The Caloosahatchee River got a huge flush of saltwater when Hurricane Ian plowed into the Southwest Florida coast. And then a lot of it roared back, along with plenty of freshwater runoff.
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.
There’s no debate that Hurricane Ian was a disaster for Southwest Florida, leaving many homeless and thousands without power. But for right now, an ecological disaster is still unfolding, as pollution pouring into our waterways threatens to impair our waters for years to come.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.