NOAA imagery shows lake algal bloom decreasing

The latest images from space show the blue-green algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee is decreasing. Imagery from July 2 showed signs of cyanobacteria in 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee. Since the satellite images are only available at set intervals, NOAA was unable to get usable photos July 6-13 due to cloud cover. The July 14 […]

Toxic algae found in the Caloosahatchee River

Low levels of the toxin microcystin were detected in water collected in Lake Okeechobee where a large algal bloom has been reported, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. Higher levels of microcystin were detected on the Caloosahatchee River in Glades County and in Lee County. The highest level of toxins detected this week […]

High toxin levels reported in Caloosahatchee River algal bloom

Low levels of the toxin microcystin were detected in water collected in Lake Okeechobee where a large algal bloom has been reported, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. Higher levels of microcystin were detected on the Caloosahatchee River in Glades County and in Lee County. The highest level of toxins detected this week […]

Algal blooms reported throughout the area

Heavy rainfall in May and June followed by hot summer weather has led to increased reports of algal blooms and cyanobacteria blooms in South Florida. Cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as “blue-green algae” is not actually algae. A combination of hot weather, low salinity, nitrogen and phosphorus can cause algae and cyanobacteria to grow rapidly; this […]

Family seeks man who helped pull accident victims from burning vehicle

An Immokalee woman whose family members were rescued from a burning truck would like to find the hero who helped them after the deadly crash. “On Nov. 22, 2017 my family of five had a horrible accident,” said Yvonne Rodriguez. “My cousin Edwardo Rodriguez and a white man helped my family exit the burning truck.” […]

Lake Okeechobee could rise to 17 ft.

As the runoff from rainfall during Hurricane Irma flows south through the Kissimmee River basin, Lake Okeechobee could top 17 ft. according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. On Sept. 7, the lake level was 13.7 ft. On Sept. 14, the lake level was 14.83 ft. By Sunday, Sept. 17, the lake had risen […]

Governor cuts 4-H funding

Governor Rick Scott has cut state funding to the Florida 4-H program, vetoing the $1 million that had been allocated for the youth development program by the Florida Legistature. This funding was the base of the program, recurring funding which paid salaries as well as many state level initiatives that help the local county programs. […]