Homemade pumps and pool noodles are defeating algae in Cape Coral

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. -

There is proof that some Cape Coral residents are winning their fight against the algae in the water.

After living with blue-green algae mats in his canal on SE 18th Place all summer, Barry Elsewick put some brain power into crafting and constructing a bubbler and pump system that's keeping blue-green algae away.

The pumps keep the water continually circulating and oxygen-rich. Elswick, a retired chemical engineer, said the blue-green algae hates oxygen and won't grow as thick with a lot of it in the water.

His canal is almost entirely algae-free after just ten days of treating it with his homemade system.

Elswick said his technique costs less than six dollars a day to run -- and it's working.

"What we've done is we've changed the environment so that the algae won't grow at the end of the canal," Elsewick said.

Elswick said he's willing to share his research and data with the city of Cape Coral and Lee County if they want.

He's even offered to do more test trials in other canals to see if his way is more economical for municipalities.

Other residents in Cape Coral are using more fundamental approaches to keep algae out.

"You have to take it upon yourself I think at some point in time. We try and thin it out ourselves using our boats, you know using the motors and trying to circulate the water here at the end of the canal," said Kevin Touhey, who lives on Cornwallis Parkway.

Another community on Everest Parkway built a homemade barrier made of pool noodles to keep algae blooms from coming in with the tides.

"Came up with the idea of building this boom and we did it with window screen, PVC, dive weights and pool noodles. We chose not to be victims. All the neighbors chipped in monetarily. It hasn't come back. We have not had one stinky day since then," Thomas Krymm said.


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