International Coastal Cleanup Day!

There is a serious pollution problem right here in Hendry County. More than just an eyesore, the trash that is seen floating in the Caloosahatchee or even blowing down Bridge Street, is a threat to human health, wildlife, and it effects the economics of our beloved community. The Democratic Women’s Club of Hendry County invites […]

Harmful Algal Blooms: The Caloosahatchee Watershed needs our help!

On August 5, 2019, Calusa Water Keeper, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary in Southwest Florida, launched the second part of their summer campaign to inform both the medical community and the public on the serious health risks associated with the increasingly severe Harmful Algal Blooms. […]

Researchers look for key to avoid harmful algal blooms

ALVA — Can scientists find a way to prevent harmful algae blooms (HABs)? “We’re looking for a kink in the armor,” Dr. Barry Rosen, of the U.S. Geological Survey, explained Monday as researchers set up an experiment on the Caloosahatchee River. “Once you have an algae bloom, it’s almost too late,” he said. By then, […]

Coastal estuaries are no longer what nature designed

The St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries have been extensively changed from the systems designed by nature. During an online public webinar on May 28, Patti Gorman of the South Florida Water Management District, explained how development and flood control efforts have drastically changed the natural estuaries. The Calooshatchee River’s estuary was also changed by development […]

Franklin Lock area closed to swimming

LEE COUNTY — The Franklin Lock recreational area on the Caloosahatchee River no longer includes a designated area for swimming. Closures of the swimming area have been common in recent years. According to the U.S. Corps of Engineers, health concerns about the bacteria levels in the water have caused the beach to be closed 29 […]

Lake O falls below 11 feet

Lake Okeechobee fell below 11 feet above sea level on Monday. Most of the decline in the lake level is from evaporation into the air and percolation into the aquifer. Since May 18, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing water from Lake Okeechobee at the rate of 800 cubic feet per second […]

Local summer camp creates Clean Water Ambassadors

Will the Infamous Blue-green Algal Blooms return? Most of us know about the harmful algae blooms that happen in the Caloosahatchee, and how terrible it has been in the past for the fish and other wildlife that reside there, as well as many of our popular recreational activities. But many feel helpless and do not […]

Time Travel along the Caloosahatchee River

The Caloosahatchee River is a magical place filled with fossils from camels, horses, bison, bobcats, alligators, turtles, sharks, manatees, fish, and even elephant-like mammoths and mastodons! LaBelle Fossil Camp is a fun and unique science-based adventure camp, where 8-14 year olds get hands-on experience hunting for and identifying those fossils. At the week long day-camp, […]

Cruising along the Caloosahatchee

The Caloosahatchee River Excursion: “River Caretakers” began as the M/V River Queen departed smoothly from the LaBelle Wharf, leaving the hustle and bustle of the Swamp Cabbage Festival in the distance. The boat was full of hopeful birdwatching enthusiasts and snow birds, all armed with binoculars and ready for adventure. We first traveled into a […]

SFWMD terminates option on U.S. Sugar holdings

Former Governor Charlie Crist’s “River of Grass” dream ended quietly last week when the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board terminated the state’s option on 153,209 acres of U.S. Sugar’s holdings. Without this action, the option agreement would have expired Oct. 11, 2020. At the Dec. 13 meeting of the SFWMD Governing Board, Brian […]