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Blue-Green Algae in a Southwest Florida Canal

Blue-Green Algae in a Southwest Florida Canal

Pictures of blue-green algae get exposed in a Southwest Florida canal. The cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, had lingering effects on the water after washing away the next day. Effects such as the water not being very clear and leaving an earthy smell behind.

Matlacha Pass Water Quality Observations – May 2022

Matlacha Pass Water Quality Observations – May 2022

Calusa Waterkeeper Ranger, Sue Dahod lends her time and educational background to keep an eye on water conditions throughout Matlacha Pass from both Pine Island and the shores of Matlacha. Calusa Waterkeeper brings you these updates from her observations.

Research Finds Airborne Toxins in Southwest Florida

Research Finds Airborne Toxins in Southwest Florida

There’s new information about airborne toxins in Southwest Florida as research expands. Concerns are growing about the impact on the community and the air we breathe. The Calusa Waterkeeper set up air samplers in various locations around Lee County last year after the red tide and blue-green algae outbreak in 2018.

Advocates Push for Fixes as Critically Important Seagrass Continues to Vanish

Advocates Push for Fixes as Critically Important Seagrass Continues to Vanish

When legislation that would have let developers destroy seagrass in exchange for mitigation credits died with Florida’s 2022 session last month, many environmental advocates were relieved. What Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani wants to know; “If water quality decline underlies seagrass loss, then why would continual planting change anything?”

Study Shows Nitrogen Flows Systematically Intensify Red Tide Blooms

Study Shows Nitrogen Flows Systematically Intensify Red Tide Blooms

A new University of Florida study with two nonprofit research partners shows clear ties between nitrogen from human activities and the longevity and severity of the saltwater harmful algal blooms as published in the academic journal Science of the Total Environment.

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