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Algae state of emergency extended as Lee County assesses removal process

Posted: 1:51 PM, Aug 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-22 17:51:12Z

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- County Commissioners have extended two local state of emergencies as they assess the results of a blue-green pilot program.

At Tuesday's meeting, Lee County commissioners extended state of emergencies for an Algae Blooms Resolution and for a Harmful Algal Blooms and Drift Macroalgae Resolution.

Staff also provided an update on the blue-green pilot program, in which $700,000 has been spent, with DEP reimbursing the costs.

Staff says that the recovery phase of the program is completed, and they are working on processing the algae-water slurry.

A Fox 4 photographer documented thick green algae in a North Fort Myers canal on Tuesday.

The county also has an agreement with DEP to be reimbursed for $1.3 million in red tide clean-up costs.

Another $1 million has been authorized for a post-crisis marketing campaign, funded from the Tourist Development Tax reserves.