Blue-green algae blooms have been found in the system of the Borisov Canal at Cape Coral. Flowering covers 20 hectares and six canals.
The Ministry of Health is posting signs warning of health hazards blooms blue-green algaeand the city is already looking at how to treat it.
In the backyard of Michael Ray algae bloom, and warning signs.
“I’m worried about him being there, but it would have bothered me even more if the city had known about it and done nothing about it,” Ray said.
Cape Coral certainly has something to do with it. The city has hired Bill Kurt and his company, Solitude Lake Management, to turn a little green grove into something that won’t leave you a fool.
“If they see our guys here, they’ll be wearing a full Tywek suit and face shield, and that’s mostly to keep it out of their sight,” Kurt said.
Kurt said don’t be intimidated by these chemicals and guys in full suits. Once the peroxide-based algaecide is mixed in the water, he promised it was safe for the environment.
“This particular one will raise the oxygen level as it is used, so there is no real risk of killing the fish or anything else. And the really big part is that once it’s done, it breaks down into hydrogen and oxygen, and there’s really no residue, ”Kurt said.
Ray says, “Hallelujah.” The last thing he wants is to kill a fish in his backyard.
“There’s a lot of blue and bass in these things, so I wouldn’t want to see anything destroy them,” Ray said.
Does this algaecide get everything? Kurt hopes this job is done.
“You can never guarantee 100% control. If necessary, we can do another treatment, but I do not expect it. We are trying to control it with one shot, ”Kurt said.
The city said the spraying would begin next week. They also sent out a reminder of fertilizer restrictions from June 1st.
With the onset of the rainy season, runoff from phosphorus or nitrogen fertilizers can add excess nutrients to the water, which means more algae blooms.