Cape Coral uses bubble curtains to clean canals

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Cape Coral canals could see less algae, as crews work to install eight bubble curtains in upcoming weeks.

In 2018 the city experienced a massive toxic blue green algae bloom that took thousands of dollars to recover from. Since then the city has focused on preventative measures.

Over the last year the city has worked to get bubble curtain permits approved by the state. City Officials say after receiving the permits, crews went to work as quickly as possible.

On Thursday public works crews installed the city’s second curtain into the Plato Canal that meets the Caloosahatchee River.

Experts say the tool shoots air into the water, which acts as a barrier to block algae. 

Eight more curtains are expected to be installed by September first. 

Crews are expected to test the recently installed curtain in the near future.

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