COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Red tide returned to Collier County on Dec. 7, with mostly medium and high concentrations after being absent for 366 days.
In 2019, red tide was present continuously from Sept. 30, until Dec. 5. The year prior to that was the worst year ever recorded in Collier County, with a 14-month red tide season that lasted from December 2017 until February 2019.
Since the devastation of the 2017-2019 red tide season, action was taken and progress has been made.
Grants were awarded for studies about health effects, tools have been created to help forecast and mitigate the effects of red tide, and new laws have been passed to reduce the amount of nutrients flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.
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