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This video was produced by Dutch university student "Lars Gierveld" using interviews he conducted with various people in southwest Florida. The opinions expressed in the video and by those interviewed are not necessarily the collective views and opinions of CRCA, its members, or board of directors. CRCA-Riverwatch is not responsible for any content and accepts no liability therefore.
The video focuses on the blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that developed in Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River, and the coastal estuaries in 2005 and that have returned in 2006. Populations of blue-green algae, commonly referred to as "blue algae" in Europe, can explode under certain conditions of warm water and high nutrient levels. The algae can destroy sea grasses, cause fish kills, and affect human and animal health. For decades, south Florida has been struggling to reduce the man-made nutrient pollution of our water bodies. Progress has been slow.
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