Water-Related News

Cape Coral awaits approval to use bubble curtains against blue-green algae

New technology was put to the test to keep water clean in Cape Coral Friday [Sept. 24th]. It’s yet another effort to improve water quality for people and fish.

The City of Cape Coral hopes bubble curtain technology is the answer to stop blue-green-algae outbreaks.

“Our goal is to avoid a repeat of 2018,” said Michael Ilczyszyn, the assistant public works director.

A city spokesperson told us the day’s bubble curtain test went perfectly. That means Cape Coral will move forward with a permitting process with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The curtain is supposed to stop algae from spreading when the tide comes in by forming this barrier.

Ilczyszyn explains it will be turned on when needed.

“If there’s a presence of blue-green algae all the way up to the Franklin Lock if it’s detected, there, we’ll be able to turn that on,” Ilczyszyn said. “So if and when they open, that we already have the curtain running before it gets here.”

The city got permission to run this test in the Mandolin Canal Friday. This is a major part of the permitting process with USACE. A hurdle for the city is to prove the curtain won’t harm the habitat of the endangered smalltooth sawfish .