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Marco Island receives state and federal approval for water quality restoration efforts

Marco Island has implemented a novel plan to enhance its waterways and eliminate toxic nitrogen levels that contribute to the expansion of algae blooms and overstimulation of aquatic plants. This plan will remove the town from Florida’s impaired waterways list and address concerns raised by residents over five years ago.

Town’s improvement plan was recently approved by state and federal regulators. Since 2019, Marco Island has been included within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) impaired waterways list as a result of nitrogen levels exceeding the allowed standards for toxins.

What’s the problem?

The first issue is the excessive nitrogen levels in the town’s canals, which have been above the DEP’s standards since 2017. An excess of nitrogen can result in the overgrowth of aquatic plants and algae. This overgrowth can clog water intakes, deplete dissolved oxygen as these organisms decompose, and obstruct light in deeper waters, as stated by america Geological Survey.

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