New technology to remove toxic algae to be used in Southwest Florida

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LEE COUNTY, FLa. — There’s proven technology that can help remove toxic algae, and we just found out it’s going to be used in Southwest Florida in the next few months.

Jennifer Hecker, Executive Director, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program says “we are very concerned that we are seeing the conditions ripen we are already seeing cyanobacteria in the Caloosahatchee, and we are also measuring red tide offshore in Southwest Florida.”

So right now, the estuary program and FGCU are working with Scott Smith, the inventor of Aquaflex Technology.

The technology is a type of foam that works just like a sponge to soak up nutrients out of the water. Last year, they tested this product in the Caloosahatchee, and it was proven to remove some of the cyanobacteria.

to our knowledge, we are the first ones to get a permit to use technology like this to capture and remove the algae and related toxins in the water

Scott Smith, AquaFlex Founder/Owner

AquaFlex just received funding to test it on a much larger scale to see just how much of the toxins the foam can absorb, and then they will burn the foam at a waste facility.

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