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Blue-Green Algae Observed in Caloosahatchee

May 24, 2021
SCCF’s Environmental Policy team took their new drone to document conditions in the Caloosahatchee today.
Pictured here is blue-green algae at the Franklin Lock (S-79) in Alva. The team also documented blue-green algae at the Moore Haven Lock (S-77).
Flows from Lake Okeechobee were cut back from 2000 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the Franklin Lock to 1500 cfs on May 15.
Pictured here is Environmental Policy Associate Leah Reidenbach photographing the blue-green algae at the Moore Haven Lock. SCCF Hydrologic Modeler Paul Julian also joined the team on the trip to see the conditions first-hand.
“With the blue-green algae coming down the river, we are happy to see the Corps cut back on flows down the Caloosahatchee. The lake levels are still high and the Corps will have to figure out where to send the water, but we certainly don’t want water filled with blue-green algae when we have a red tide bloom intensifying along the Southwest Florida coast,” said SCCF Environmental Policy Director James Evans.
Click here to watch, “Blue Green Algae coming down the Caloosahatchee, and the Army Corps isn’t stopping releases on FOX4 News prior to the announcement of reduced discharges.


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