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Blue-green algae task force meets in Fort Myers Monday

Posted at 6:41 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 06:41:49-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A group of scientists known as the Blue-Green Algae Task Force meets Monday to plan ways to improve Florida’s water quality.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection will host the task force at The Lee County School Board.

The task force will talk about improving water quality over the next five years. They'll specifically focus on funding and restoration. They want to reduce nutrients in Lake Okeechobee in a faster way. They’ll also talk about nutrient reductions in downstream estuaries, like the Caloosahatchee Estuary near Sanibel.

The task force includes scientists from a variety of backgrounds from animal ecology to marine science to biology.

This is all a part of Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order to restore Florida’s water after last year’s water crisis.

It also includes a $2 billion investment over the next four years for Everglades restoration.

The meeting is open to the public and will last from 9 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.