State Dept. of Environmental Protection to help control blue-green algae as water from Lake O flows our way

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We’re going to be keeping an eye on our water quality in the next couple of days, as water is now flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River.
Now that discharges from Lake Okeechobee are headed our way, “We’re still disappointed that late in the season, we’re seeing discharges now when we don’t want to see them,” said Noah Valenstein, secretary for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The Department is gearing up to help control blue-green algae if needed.
“We’ve been investing about $10 million a year to test out various types of innovative technologies to help us out,” Valenstein said.
“It’s a relatively simple chemical,” explained Chief Science Officer Dr. Tom Frazer. “It’s based on peroxide and the beauty of that part of the technology is what when it breaks down, it breaks down into the water and oxygen, and so its lifetime in the water is relatively short, so we feel like it has very potential for environmental impact.”
We’ve actually seen something similar used in Southwest Florida before. Cape Coral contracted with SOLitude Lake Management to use a peroxide-based algaecide to clean up its own …

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