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New treatment attacks coral disease

Mote Marina is making waves when it comes to protecting sea life. The Laboratory is teaming up with the National Park Service and pharmaceutical scientists to develop a treatment for a lethal disease attacking corals. Corals are fascinating, colorful creatures that from reefs, providing food and habitats to the world’s fish and other sea life. […]

Students get back in the field at Vester Field Station

The pandemic shifted both the teaching and learning model these past couple of years at every age. Many still work to fill in the gap of time and lessons lost due to social distance learning. One group in Southwest Florida is getting back on board with their education. Give Chad Evers a choice and he’d […]

The importance of cypress domes in Southwest Florida

The cypress trees in the wetlands help fight climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, and they can be found across Southwest Florida. Chad Evers, an instructor with the FGCU Department of Ecology and Environmental Studies, led WINK News through the wetlands on the university’s campus. We walked into waist-deep water to show […]


Bubble curtain defending against blue-green algae in Cape Coral

Divers are installing a defense system against blue-green algae Thursday in Lee County to prevent another serious outbreak like in 2018. The blue-green algae threat in Cape Coral is being defended by a bubble curtain in the Plato Canal. The barrier created by the bubble curtain will deflect any blue-green algae from entering the canals. […]

Research finds airborne toxins in Southwest Florida

There’s new information about airborne toxins in Southwest Florida as research expands. Concerns are growing about the impact on the community and the air we breathe. The Calusa Waterkeeper set up air samplers in various locations around Lee County last year after the red tide and blue-green algae outbreak in 2018. The main reason for […]

New lawn irrigation plan to ease stress on Cape Coral’s water system

There’s now a plan to increase how often residents in Cape Coral can water their lawn in the hope it will improve your water pressure. Residents say change is needed because the reclaimed water system in Cape Coral is so stressed, especially during the current dry season in which a one-day-a-week watering restriction goes into […]

New Lee County pipeline to benefit Fort Myers, Cape Coral during dry season

Cape Coral is under a water emergency: If it doesn’t rain soon, you may only be able to water your lawn one day a week, down from the current two days. But a pipeline connecting water from Fort Myers to Cape Coral could help ease those problems. The Caloosahatchee Connect Project was initially scheduled to […]


University of Florida needs SWFL volunteers for seagrass monitoring program

The Charlotte County UF/IFAS Extension Service is seeking volunteers to participate in the Eyes on Seagrass monitoring program to document the health and status of seagrass in upper Charlotte Harbor and Lemon Bay. The survey is scheduled to take place during a two-week window from May 3-17, 2022. The same sites will be sampled again […]