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Blue-green algae advisories removed from Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – The Department of Health will be removing the caution advisory at the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve after samples showed no signs of toxins or blue-green algae. The Department of Health posted two caution signs at the preserve, near the Caloosahatchee after algae in the area had been reported.  However, residents in the area said seeing the signs posted is still a reminder of what could come.  “I am very much hoping it doesn’t happen again,” said Cape Coral resident Stephen Theroux.  Currently, the Cape Coral Canals are clear,...

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Toxic algae decomposes in Matlacha causing awful stench and fish kills

By Gage Goulding MATLACHA, Fla. — Hundreds and maybe even thousands of dead fish are filling a Matlacha canal.  The fish dying after a toxic algae has taken over the waterway.  It’s impacts are evident both visually and by smell.  “It stunk to high heavens already,” said Julie Whitehouse, who lives on the May Street canal.  There’s dead fish everywhere, too many to count.  “Those are greenbacks, so it’s a type of baitfish,” said Michael Dillevig, who also lives on the canal.  The dead fish are usually found in the mat algae.  “Two and three...

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Anti-blue-green algae technology coming to Cape Coral canals

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Last week, the Cape Coral City Council approved a $1 million project to help prevent the spread of blue-green algae in their canals. Money for the project will go towards funding the installation of bubble curtains in several Cape canals. It will likely be several weeks before bubble curtains are actually installed, but they are on the way. The City said the bubble curtains will be installed in priority zones. Right now, there are 10 canals in the City’s priority one zone. City officials are discussing where to place the other curtains once the priority...

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2-week test of algae killing powder ends Wednesday

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Wednesday is the last day in the two week trial for Lake Guard Oxy, which is an algae killing power. South Florida Water Management officials had been testing the powder’s effectiveness near the Franklin locks. The water district said that the powder is doing it’s job and that they just bought more Oxy for future use. NBC2 is working to find out more on when and where SFWM crews will use the Lake Guard Oxy. HOW LAKE GUARD OXY WORKS: The post 2-week test of algae killing powder ends Wednesday appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Cape Coral to discuss spending $1M to keep algae out of your canal

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Before toxic blue-green algae creeps into Cape Coral canals, city officials are discussing putting $1,000,000 towards water quality at a meeting on June 9. Most of the million dollars being discussed at today’s meeting at 3 p.m. would go towards putting bubble curtains into several of the canals in Cape Coral. Bubble curtains create a wall of air and ripples on the surface of the water that prevents anything floating from getting past it. If approved, the bubble curtains would be put in four canals within the city. Currently, ten Cape Coral canals are considered...

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Blue-green algae bloom detected in Orange River & two Lee County boat ramps

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – – Health officials have issued a health alert after detecting blue-green algae blooms at Alva and Davis boat ramps and Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins at all three locations Tuesday. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their...

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Blue-green algae bloom found at Franklin Locks on Caloosahatchee River

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Blue-green algae was found at Franklin Locks on the Caloosahatchee River, according to health officials. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a Health Alert for the harmful blue-green agal toxins detected in the area. A water sample taken on June 1 found the toxins. Everyone in the area should use caution in and around the Caloosahatchee River near the Franklin Locks, local health officials said. The public should not drink, swim wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom. People should wash their...

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DeSantis briefed on blue-green algae treatment used on Caloosahatchee

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis visited the WP Franklin Lock and Dam on the Caloosahatchee River Thursday. The governor’s office confirmed he received a briefing on an innovative technology treatment being used to combat blue green algal blooms. The treatment is performed by BlueGreen Water Technologies, a leading Israeli algae mitigation company. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District are continuing to monitor critical blue-green algal conditions while expediting large-scale Everglades projects, Governor DeSantis...

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City of Cape Coral discussing plan to prevent blue-green algae in waterways

CAPE CORAL, Fla.– The City of Cape Coral is continuing to work on preventing blue-green algae in Cape Coral waterways. The City’s plan will reactivate the bubble curtain in the Mandolin Canal, adding additional bubble curtains in priority canals. The estimated cost for the 10 bubble curtains would be around $750,000. “Our whole goal here is to be proactive to try and get ahead of the algae and try and prevent the algae as best as possible,” said Cape Coral Assistant Public Works Director Michael Ilczyszyn.  Ilczyszyn said between building, shipping...

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Blue-green algae toxins detected in Orange River at Manatee Park

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Blue-green algae toxins have been detected in the Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in the Orange River at Manatee Park. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their skin and clothing with soap and water. Pets should be kept away from...

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