The new WATERSHED series investigating water quality and marking the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act launched on August 1 with an article by Starling Marlow focusing on collaborative red tide research by CCS and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.
The article quotes CCS Director Dr. Christine Angelini, Dr. Dave Tomasko, Dr. Miles Medina (lead author of the research) & Dr. Eric Milbrandt, and highlights the power of high resolution water quality monitoring to support advanced analytics aimed at resolving drivers of coastal water quality change.
The researchers linked blooms in Charlotte Harbor and surrounding coastal areas to nitrogen inputs from the Caloosahatchee River, Lake Okeechobee and areas upstream of the lake. The study was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
WATERSHED is supported by the Pulitzer Center‘s Connected Coastlines initiative and funds Watershed Fellows at the UF College of Journalism and Communications, who are advised by Cynthia Barnett, also the series project editor. Keep an eye on WATERSHED as it continues into the fall!