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We Get an Update on Research into the Impact Land-Based Nutrients Have on Red Tide Blooms

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Dr. Bill Mitsch and Ph.D. student Lauren Griffiths take a water sample from the Caloosahatchee River to determine where the nitrogen in the water originated in August of 2018.

As another rainy season begins with red tide present along the Southwest Florida coast we’re looking back to research being conducted by an FGCU Professor about the role land-based nutrients play in red tide blooms.

We get an update on that study, and learn what he feels has been accomplished — and what has not — since 2018, when the offshore red tide met the massive blue-green algae bloom emerging from the Caloosahatchee River.

Dr. Bill Mitsch is Director of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Everglades Wetland Research Park, and Eminent Scholar and Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management at FGCU.