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We learn about an experimental approach to remove blue-green algae from the water

FORT MYERS - We’re learning more about a method that's being tested to remove blue-green algae from the Caloosahatchee River and area canals. Much of it arrived via releases from the algae-covered Lake Okeechobee -- a move the US Army Corps of Engineers made to keep the water level in the lake at a safe level for the aging Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds it.

This blue-green algae is the stuff that has canals looking like technicolor guacamole -- and it’s the cyanobacteria that can cause rashes on contact and serious illness if ingested by humans, not to mention the potential fatal effects on marine life, wild animals, pets and livestock.