Martin County Commission: ‘Speak up for the St. Lucie’

Commissioners and citizens are greatly concerned about the impact of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to release water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. The Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary have long suffered from altered water flow patterns and degraded water quality. Excessive recent rains resulted in rising water levels in Lake Okeechobee and caused Corps officials to release water to allow for additional storage for the remainder of hurricane season.

The impacts of extreme freshwater flows, combined with large volumes of stormwater runoff, can be immediately seen and felt by the aquatic plants and animals that provide the basis of our estuarine food chain. The poor water quality will only continue to impact our economy, much of which is dependent on a viable coastal ecosystem.
In Martin County, our estuary is central to our community’s quality of life. If you are concerned over the repeated insult to our estuary caused by these releases, you can help by “speaking up” in the following ways:
  • Voice your support for projects that will help lessen future impacts to our estuary, such as construction of the C-44 Reservoir and rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike. Write a letter to our representatives in Congress and at the Corps of Engineers (see sample letters and contact information below) or call their offices to share your concerns.
  • Print out the “Speaking Up for the St. Lucie” logo or pick one up at the County Administrative Center (located at 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm). Take a photo of you and your family or friends with the logo at your favorite places in Martin County to show you care and share your photos on our Facebook page  – we will share these photos with our Congressional representatives in Washington so they can see how important our estuary is to our entire community.
  • Upload photos (with date stamp, if possible) that you take of any damaging conditions that you see in our estuary and share on our Facebook page.
  • Join our “Speak Up for the St. Lucie” E-mail Action List. We will e-mail you updates and ways you can continue to support the effort.

SPEAK UP FOR THE ST. LUCIE…We cannot do this important work alone. Join the Board of County Commissioners and the citizens of Martin County as we continue to lead the way in the protection of our estuaries.

View the County’s website at: http://ap3server.martin.fl.us:7778/portal/page?_pageid=73,4444933&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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