Brown gunk on Cape Coral canal raises concern

Posted at 7:47 AM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 07:47:17-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- It's brown, it floats, and neighbors think it's gross. People living near a Cape Coral canal turned to Four in Your Corner to voice concerns about the brown sludge.

The brown gunk is covering a canal on Northeast 6th Street near Pine Island Road and Del Prado Boulevard.

Neighbors say the thick frothy brown stuff started forming about 6 months ago.  Now it nearly covers the surface of the water and weeds are growing out of some of the solid chunks.

Some say it's pushed out the wildlife that used to live there.  “There was definitely wildlife here. There were large turtles, there were fish, there were the ducks and then the ducklings."
Four in your corner reached out to the Lee County Hyacinth Control District, which say it's not sludge at all.  It's actually bryozoan, otherwise known as a moss animal.  It thrives in hot water and increased sunlight, and despite its gross appearance, experts say it’s actually good for the environment.

They say someone will check it out Wednesday to see if anything can be done.