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An Update On Research Into Land-Based Nutrients' Effect On Red Tide Blooms

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Bill Mitsch, director of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Everglades Wetland Research Park, and PhD student Lauren Griffiths take a water sample from the Caloosahatchee River in August 2018.

On WGCU's "Gulf Coast Life," Florida Gulf Coast University professor Bill Mitch talks about what has been accomplished since a blue-green algae bloom emerged from the Caloosahatchee River in 2018.

As another rainy season begins with red tide present along the Southwest Florida coast, "Gulf Coast Life" looks back to research conducted by a Florida Gulf Coast University professor about the role land-based nutrients play in red tide blooms.

Bill Mitsch is director of the FGCU Everglades Wetland Research Park, eminent scholar and Juliet C. Sproul chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management.

We get an update from Mitsch on that study and learn what he feels has been accomplished — and what has not — since 2018, when the offshore red tide met the massive blue-green algae bloom emerging from the Caloosahatchee River.

Click on the "Listen" link above to hear the interview with Mitsch as well as the original 2018 report on his study.