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Blue Green Algae Report

  • This is the Water Quality Report that will be updated weekly to highlight harmful algae blooms such as red tide, blue-green algae, and other fresh water and saltwater blooms. Some are caused by stormwater runoff or leaky septic systems, and cause fish kills and acrid smells that can be harmful to humans and pets and deadly to wildlife. Nutrient pollution is a cause, whether from Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River, or the Gulf of Mexico. Karenina brevis, hydrogen sulfide, enterococcus, bacteria, microalgae, and phosphate and nitrogen are often to blame when algae blooms occur commonly in places like the Alva boat ramp and Davis boat ramp, Matlacha Pass, and Charlotte Harbor. The Water Quality Report is created by WGCU Public Media, NPR & PBS for Southwest Florida and Tom Bayles, senior environmental reporter #EnviroManWGCU
  • It was a classic case of blue-green algae in a canal in Waterway Estates: a thick coating of slimy green bacteria, and blue organic matter swirled together atop the water.A smell somewhere between rotten eggs and a backed-up sewer was wafting in the air.A small boat pulled up and a pair of nonchalant guys started tossing out something resembling fine beach sand — like two guys fertilizing their lawns without a hand-spreader.The tiny crystals landed on the matted algae – and nothing.The men spreading a hydrogen-peroxide-based formula created by BlueGreen Water Technologies, a Fort Lauderdale-based company, were out to prove they have invented a way to make noxious algae blooms just disappear.By extinguishing themselves, one-by-one. As in a mass suicide on a single-cell level.
  • Water Quality Report Red Tide Blue-Green Algae Cyanobacteria EnterococcusReports from state environmental agencies, conservation group, and citizens said the major waterways in Southwest Florida were clear of red tide, blue-green algae, and other harmful algae blooms as the week began although there were some minor reports offshore and in the Caloosahatchee River.
  • A dog named Bella died after being exposed to toxic blue-green algae water on the C-51 canal in West Palm Beach.
  • The public is welcome to attend the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's next Blue-Green Algae Task Force meeting on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
  • We'll update this page regularly with the latest information about any algal blooms in Southwest Florida that could be harmful.