Originally published by NBC-2 News on May 19, 2021

Thick, smelly clumps of blue-green algae have been decaying along the Caloosahatchee near the south side of the Franklin Lock this week.

It comes as several water conservancy groups in our area urged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to set water-quality standards for the toxins in the algal blooms in a letter Wednesday.

It’s signed off by Calusa Waterkeeper, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Conservancy of SWFL, and Center for Biological Diversity.

Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said Wednesday’s wind actually helped keep the algae at bay in the Caloosahatchee, at least for the time being.

“We’ve had 20-25 knot winds that keep it mixed into the water column and that’s sort of a natural mitigating effect,” Cassani said. “But if we get several calm days in a row, then look out, it’ll be back up at the surface trying to form those mats.”

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