Public Service Announcement
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (KLWTD) are working together to respond to water quality concerns from Key Largo residents. Recently, DEP and the KLWTD received an influx of calls regarding a strong “sewage odor” in some residential canals, mainly on the oceanside of Key Largo and Tavernier. Working in collaboration with DEP, the KLWTD staff collected and tested water samples in canals, which did not show any evidence of sewage contamination. Rather, DEP Investigators observed large amounts of dead sargassum seaweed, which when decays inside the canal, may cause a sulfur gas odor and low dissolved oxygen levels. DEP is partnering with the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District to address these concerns.
If you encounter fish that are either dead or in poor physical condition, please contact FWC’s toll-free Fish Kill Hotline at 1-800-636-0511.
Safety Training Incentive Program
Chris Kittelson, of Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust presented the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District with a $5,000 check on Friday, October 19th, as part of an annual Matching Incentive Training Program. The District was reimbursed for specialized training courses that employees attend monthly, and other safety related expenses.