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Water experts worry blue-green algae and red tide could create ‘perfect storm’

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Southwest Florida water experts advise we could see the perfect storm this summer.  Blue-green algae is sitting on parts of Lake Okeechobee right now. We’ve also seen the algae streaks in the Caloosahatchee River near Avla and Fort Myers Shores.  The lake is about a foot higher than the Army Corps would like it to be at this time of year. That means higher water releases could come our way during the summer and fall months.  Red Tide has killed fish from Charlotte Harbor South to Barefoot Beach. The toxic water is sticking around longer...

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Algae covers water from Lake Okechobee to Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Algae is covering water from Lake Okechobee down to Fort Myers. Right now, more than half of Lake Okeechobee is covered by algal blooms. Captains For Clean Water co-founder Chris Wittman said it’s too late to make a big change for our summer. He hopes we do not experience heavy rain before June.   “Water quality is the most important issue that affects our community and our economy,” Wittman said. “If we have a very wet summer, it’s going to be bad news for our communities.” Captains for Clean Water is calling on the Army...

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FGCU professor studies health effects of algal blooms

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Dr. Barry Rosen, a Florida Gulf Coast University professor, is on a mission to learn more about algal bloom impacts on human health. The professor has created a new way to study the toxic water. Inside his lab, he teamed up with Dr. Osman Karatum.  The two created a chamber that can create a controlled natural environment. They’re using samples from Lake Okeechobee from last week. They have a tank of air that mimics wind inside.  They can control how strong the air blows inside. That can potentially send toxic particles into the air....

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