In the news in 2019
Looking at the algae crisis one year later (WINK TV, July 10, 2019)
Cape Coral FL--The news networks were going nuts last year, especially in spring and summer 2018, when we had unprecedented algal blooms in freshwater, brackish, and salt water in many locations of southwest Florida. This year, there are few signs of algae, especially blue-green algae or cyanobacteria, in Cape Coral where water in the man-made channels and ditches is often stagnant so these are the first waters to show the symptoms. What a difference a year makes. Algae blooms are known for being episodic so there are three possible explanations for the cleaner waterways in Cape Coral--1. fewer discharges from upstream by now-aware state and Federal agencies to reduce the symptoms downstream; 2. rainfall and natural runoff patterns vary from year to year; and 3. the algae bloom season is just getting started a little later this year due to slightly cooler waters. So don't let your guard down, Cape Coral.
WestFest at the Ohio State University (May 18, 2019)
At the Ohio State University WestFest event in May 18, 2019, EWRP formally announced a workshop on wetlands as solutions to harmful algal blooms on USA's northern coastline this summer August 3, 2019. Participating universities include The Ohio State University, University of South Florida, University of Notre Dame, University of Lodz (Poland) and Florida Gulf Coast University .
Trump says he'll push for $200 million for Everglades work (NBC-2, May 14, 2019)
Bill Mitsch, Director of EWRP, was interviewed by NBC TV-2 in Ft. Myers on May 14, 2019. Bill told NBC that $200 million for Everglades would be important for SW FL because reclaiming the Everglades is gigantically connected to fixing our algal blooms—blue green and red tide. They are interlinked. He also told NBC he reviewed the EAA reservoir "restoration" plan in detail last year and his review was sent to the Corps of Engineers. So hopefully there be improvements to make sure we “send clean water south” to the Everglades instead of high fertilizer waters. We must be sure the water is super clean by restoring thousands of acres of treatment wetlands upstream of the Everglades.
Could nutrients from Florida's farms be recycled? (May 9, 2019)
Two FGCU students majoring in journalism, Eugene Kinchen and Sarajane Sullivanl, produced and published a product “Could nutrients from Florida’s farms be recycled?” for Changing Florida.org, a spring semester capstone project under the direction of Prof. Lyn Millner, Associate Professor of Journalism at FGCU. They interviewed Prof. Bill Mitsch, who was on sabbatical at Lodz University in Lodz Poland, by Skype on March 25, 2019 for this wetlaculture story. The also visited the EWRP labs and the wetlaculture mesocosm experimental mesocosms at Freedom Park in Naples while researching their study.
New Project to Clean Up Okeechobee Waters (WGCU, May 1, 2019)
EWRP Director and Professor Bill Mitsch participated in this one-hour discussion at PBS WGCU in Ft. Myers FL about the wicked algal blooms we had last summer in SW Florida including their potential health implications and how we can once and for all fix the Everglades and this water quality mess accelerated by Agriculture. A lot of disappointment was expressed by all three panelists about how ag got off the hook again in Florida legislation for 2019. We should expect more algal blooms in 2019 beginning soon through September in SW Florida.
Natural cure to water quality crisis comes with uphill battle (WINK TV, March 28, 2019)
World Water Day conference in Warsaw, Poland (Friday, March 22, 2019)
London, England—On Wednesday, March 13, Professor William J. Mitsch, Ph.D. from the USA, the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate and current Fulbright Scholar at Bangor University in Wales, U.K., will be presenting a public lecture at University College London. It is really a story about how humans have combined landscape change with climate change to create hundreds of ecological calamities around the world of our freshwater and coastal waters. Harmful algal blooms are now more common and more excessive because of excessive fertilization for decades from urban and agricultural pollution but are equally accelerated by warmer water temperatures from a warmer planet. At the same time, we are draining our landscapes of the very ecosystems—wetlands— that could help us out with nutrient retention to solve these landscape changes and carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change.
32nd NRN LCEE Public lecture William J Mitsch 'The Role of Wetland Processes in the Global Carbon (YouTube by National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy & Environment, UK, February 21, 2019)
Mitsch gives climate change lecture at Bangor University, Wales, UK, 19 February 2019 — Bill Mitsch, Director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park presented the 32nd and final lecture in a multi-year series of lectures on low carbon, energy, and environment held at Bangor University. A full-house of 80 attendees increased the total attendance in the series to almost 1500 attendees. The title of Professor Mitsch’s talk was “The role of wetland processes in the global carbon cycle and climate change.”
Editorial: Beach Club redevelopment, FGCU wetlands research park top busy week ahead (Naples Daily News, February 11, 2019)
Brent Batten: FGCU proposes water quality research park along Bayshore Drive in East Naples (Naples Daily News, February 9, 2019)
FGCU professor proposes new wetlands research facility in Naples (NBC-2, February 8, 2019)
Scientists struggle to find red tide's Achilles heel (Charlotte Sun, February 6, 2019)
Happy World Wetlands Day to Everyone! Beachtalkradio interviewed Bill at Ft. Myers Beach, Florida (Beachtalkradio, February 2, 2019)
SFWMD says sugar farming no longer a threat, advocates disagree (WINK TV, February 2, 2019)
FGCU study asks, do car emissions contribute to red tide? (1075Jamz.fm, Fort Myers Beach, January 28, 2019)
Nearly a third of state’s waters polluted, experts say (Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, January 24, 2019)
Red tide fed by runoff into river, FGCU researcher reveals (Lake Okeechobee News, January 20, 2019)
‘Red menace’: Research looks at causes and possible mitigation for red tide outbreaks (Naples Daily News, January 19, 2019)
Bill Mitsch on Red Tide (theparadiseprogressive.home.blog, January 17, 2019)
FGCU researcher says converting farms to swamps would help water issues (ABC-7, January 16, 2019)
FGCU researcher: To clean water, convert some farm fields to wetlands in Everglades (Naples Daily News, January 16, 2019)
Red Tide: Scientist Dr. Bill Mitsch gives a speech calling calls fertilizer the opiate of agriculture (Local Sarasota County News, January 12, 2019)
Scientist says new type of farming would not need fertilizer (Charlotte Sun, January 12, 2019)
Florida gets ‘D’ in protecting beaches from coastal erosion, climate change (WINK TV, January 12, 2019)
FGCU study asks, do car emissions contribute to red tide? (WINK TV, January 11, 2019)
FGCU researcher reveals the cause of red tide during lecture series speech (WGCU Radio, January 11, 2019)
Researcher says test results identify red tide cause (90.7 WMFE-Orlando, January 11, 2019)
Eminent Professor Dr. Bill Mitsch explains harmful algal blooms in FGCU lecture series (WGCU, January 9, 2019)
FGCU researcher wants to clean water by flipping lands between wetlands and farm fields in Everglades (Naples Daily News, January 7, 2019)