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Florida's New Blue-Green Algae Task Force

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Florida Gulf Coast University
Dr. Mike Parsons

Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced the formation of a Blue-Green Algae Task Force that’s charged with reducing adverse impacts of the toxic algae blooms over the next five years. The task force is comprised of five researchers: Dr. Wendy Graham from the University of Florida, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser from Florida International University, Dr. James Sullivan from Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Valerie Paul from the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, and Florida Gulf Coast University Professor of Marine Science, Dr. Mike Parsons, who joins us to give us sense of what the task force will be doing in the coming years.

We also check in with John Cassani from Calusa Waterkeeper to get the latest on what he's seeing in area waters. You can keep up with Caloosahatchee water conditions by getting the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation's weekly report HERE.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.