Friday, October 15, 2021

The Truth About Red Tide


Nothing ruins a beautiful Southwest Florida beach day like red tide. But what causes red tide and is there anything we can do to prevent it?

Collier County Pollution Control wants to help the public understand the truth about Florida red tide and to debunk some of the myths that are out there about this phenomenon. Rhonda Watkins, principal environmental specialist, will give a presentation on Florida red tide at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 7, at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples.

Florida red tide was first documented in 1844. Florida red tide is a higher than normal concentration of Karena Brevis organisms that are typically seen in the heaviest concentrations in Collier County between October and February and can affect people and wildlife.

Is Florida red tide getting worse in Collier County? Watkins will discuss this question, as well as what Collier County and the State of Florida are doing to predict when and where these algal blooms occur and whether we can predict them.

Following the presentation, Watkins will conduct a question and answer session with the audience.

For more information, contact Public Information Coordinator Kate Albers at 239-252-8579.

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