Join Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani for recent water quality updates in the region from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal estuaries.
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.
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.
Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani has won the Florida Weekly’s Best Clean-Water Champion award before, and if we’re lucky he’ll win it again in the future rather than retiring.
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.
A first-of-its-kind field study of Southwest Florida air and water didn’t find widespread cyanobacteria toxins however, it did find several neurotoxins as well as three forms of BMAA, a neurotoxin linked to grave brain diseases.
Calusa Waterkeeper and Wyoming-based Brain Chemistry Labs collaborate on a groundbreaking device to research airborne toxins from harmful algal blooms utilizing the most sensitive technology available for detecting harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins,
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?”
A group of clean water advocates has announced a drive to get the “Right to Clean and Healthy Waters” added as a state constitutional amendment on the 2024 ballot. To qualify, the amendment needs 891,589 signed and verified petitions.
Billy’s Creek isn’t clearing up after years of problems. The Calusa Waterkeeper says there’s a high level of contamination in areas known for being a health concern. Every time anyone touches this polluted water they’re at risk.
A legal petition filed by neighbors concerned about mangrove removal in the Siesta Isles development was dismissed. Petitioners say they’re already planning another round and enlisted environmental attorney Ralf Brooks to help stop the clearing, which they say had overstepped the bounds of the project.
Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force gave lawmakers a C average on adopting the scientists’ solutions to curb and clean up water pollution that ignites toxic blooms. The five experts Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed to the panel say lawmakers largely aren’t acting fast enough.