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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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Rinse & repeat: Blue-green algae covers Lake Okeechobee

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lake Okeechobee is plagued with blue-green algae, again. Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce harmful toxins in our water and along our coastline, killing the animals, fish, and wildlife of Southwest Florida. SOURCE: NOAA Lake Okeechobee is the largest lake in Florida ‘Lake O’ has a surface area of about 730 square miles. New satellite images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), show algal blooms cover about 500 square miles of the lake — quick math — that’s 68.5% of the lake. Remember...

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Algae blooms continue to multiply at Lake Okeechobee

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– The latest pictures from Lake Okeechobee are causing concern as some parts of the lake are seeing huge blooms and even mats of Blue-Green Algae. A few spots along the Caloosahatchee River are starting to see the algae as well. “There is a decent amount of colonies, each week we’ve been monitoring the colony counts are going up,” said Mike Kratz, a Graduate Student at FGCU. “That only coincides with Okeechobee right now, there are some massive algal blooms at the surface.”  On a bright sunny day at the Franklin Lock in...

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Calusa Waterkeeper urging Governor to stop water flow from Lake O to Caloosahatchee

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As the algae situation on Lake Okeechobee continues to worsen, numerous conservationists sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to stop the release of water from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River. The letter — signed by 14 local conservation leaders — asks DeSantis to issue an emergency order that would prevent southbound water releases from Lake Okeechobee. They’re also asking that homeowners and businesses affected by red tide be compensated. In the last couple months, the algae on Lake O has continued to spread. Here’s a monthly...

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