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Blue-Green Algae Task Force Meets For Second Consecutive Day In Naples

Julia Bonavita
Chief Science Officer Thomas Frazer (right) speaks during the Blue-green Algae Task Force meeting held in Naples on Sept. 25. He is sitting next to task force member Dr. Mike Parsons.

Florida's Blue-green Algae Task Force met for the second consecutive day in Naples on Wednesday at Florida Gulf Coast University's Kapnick Center. The task force was created by Governor Ron DeSantis to help expedite water quality improvements in the state.

The Blue-green Algae Task Force is composed of Florida-based scientists who have dedicated their careers to studying the environment. They have been tasked with making recommendations to reduce nutrient pollution in the state’s waterways.

The focus of Wednesday’s meeting was to review a draft of the task force’s consensus of recommendations that will eventually be presented to the governor.  It was overseen by the state’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Thomas Frazer.

"Seeking the input from the scientists that we have available and to provide input that would allow us to move forward with legislation that’s going to allow us to make changes that are going to improve Florida’s environment," Frazer said.

Frazer took notes on the task force’s changes to the document, and said a revised version will soon be available to the public.

He also said it is possible that the document will be revised several more times before it is presented to the governor. 

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.