LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Scientists from Southwest Florida and across the nation are getting a better look at what's in our water.
The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collected water samples around Fort Myers Beach.
The samples were then taken to FGCU students at the Mound House.
The goal is to help the community understand "what's in the water" in the Gulf and Estero Bay waters around Fort Myers Beach.
"The volunteers, they're very passionate about what we're doing here, and they want to get involved, which is why citizen science is so important. It's also going to allow us to gather these samples in the amount of time that they need to be gathered,” said one organizer.
The students say volunteers collected samples from 46 different locations.
Another water-testing event will be scheduled in the spring.