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FL Dept of Health Begins Issuing Health Advisories About Blue Green Algae Blooms

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Calusa Waterkeeper
Makai Canal in Cape Coral

Back in 2018 this part of the state suffered two serious harmful algal blooms at the same time. The red tide bloom offshore met the blue green algae bloom which stretched from the Caloosahatchee River estuary all the way to Lake Okeechobee. Both kinds of algae produce toxins that are known to be harmful to humans. But, despite that knowledge there was not a robust effort by the Florida Department of Health to warn the public about those risks, particularly when it came to the blue green algae.

Now, two year later, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County has recently been issuing health advisories in response to blue green algae blooms in three Cape Coral canals. We talk with Calusa Waterkeeper, John Cassani, to discuss this new outreach effort, and get the current state of our local waters.

You can read the Florida Blue Green Algae Task Force Consensus Document HERE.

You can find the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Algal Bloom Sampling Results website HERE.

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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.