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Water Managers Vote to Increase Water Quality Monitoring Efforts

The South Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board recently voted to substantially increase the amount of water quality monitoring that’s conducted in the Northern Everglades watersheds, and in Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River.The board voted unanimously to increase the number of monitoring stations from 161 to 243, and increase the frequency of sampling from monthly to twice a month.

It also voted to expand the parameters of what water quality indicators district scientists will be measuring, including tracking nitrogen at sites where it was not previously collected, and tracking water temperature and dissolved oxygen.In Lake Okeechobee, the district will add 11 new monitoring stations, and increase the frequency of sampling – and start testing for things like algal blooms. In the Caloosahatchee Estuary, the district is going to add 15 new monitoring sites that will also sample twice a month for a wide variety of water quality indicators.

We discuss the changes with Chauncey Goss, chairman of the Governing Board. And we get some insight into how the testing is conducted from Lawrence Glenn, he isDirector of the Water Resources Division at the South Florida Water Management District.

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Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.