Progress being made as algae cleanup starts again in Lee County

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Algae Cleanup in Lee County. Photo via WINK News

After a brief delay in algae cleanup, Lee County has begun cleaning the green sludge out of canals again.

“Today it looks much better still a lot of algae but the chunks of blue sludge and green gunk isn’t around,” said Sherri Ward, who lives in Cape Coral.

Ward lives near the Midpoint Bridge, which is where algae bacteria treatment is being tested.

On Monday, the City votes to give the city manager or his designee the chance to streamline algae cleanup in the Cape, and bypass the 90-day bidding process.

As toxic algae plagued Cape Coral canals, city staff have looked into several mitigation strategies, like the bacteria treatment, and even something called a bubble curtain.

Monday’s vote allows the city manager to purchase necessary equipment and products up to but not exceeding $100,000.

“I think right now they need to do whatever to help get this stuff out of here,” said Ward.

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