Fox 4 News: Captains for Clean Water looking at Caloosahatchee Red Tide concerns

March 14, 2023
By: Colton Chavez
Mar. 14th, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. — When it comes to handling the current red tide on the Caloosahatchee River, Captain Chris Wittman said it’s about finding a cure not just treating the symptoms.

“How our waters are managed can create a catastrophic bloom out of something that is moderate,” said Wittman.

It’s a fear, Wittman the co-founder of the non-profit, Captains for Clean Water, said is a reality Southwest Florida could face during the rainy season.

Wittman said future water releases from Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River could increase the harmful impact of existing Red Tide.