Water quality declining on the Treasure Coast

From WPTV: “Treasure Coast residents say they are noticing the steady decline of the quality of the water in the Indian River Lagoon. Now, residents are calling for politicians to work quickly, and stick to their word to build another water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee … Click here to read more

Corps to increase discharges from Lake O

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will increase flows from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries starting this weekend. Effective Friday (Sept. 23) – The new target flow for the St. Lucie is 1,800 cfs measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. Additional runoff from rain in the St. Lucie basin could occasionally result in flows that exceed targets … Click here to read more

Politicians’ gravy train has brought Lake O to its knees

“We are suffering this disaster because the sugar industry will not part with enough land, even if overpriced, to send Lake Okeechobee water south every year. It is just that simple … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: It’s summer, and here comes the slime

“If you live on the estuary in Stuart, or along the St. Lucie River, summer time is algae time. This year, the ribbons of goop have arrived early. The discharges go on day after day, week after week — perhaps the most massive, long-term act of pollution in the country, and it’s committed annually by the government. No president, including Barack Obama, has made a priority of stopping it … Click here to read more

CBS: Fish kill prompts concern from locals about Lake O discharges

“The water quality along the Treasure Coast continues to be a hot button issue and now fish kills are prompting concern from locals. Now, a massive fish kill farther north has some residents worried that it could happen nearby … Click here to read more

Martin businesses affected by Lake O discharges: Complete survey for potential disaster relief

Martin County encourages local businesses which are being impacted by the damaging Lake Okeechobee discharges that have been released into our waterways since January complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey that can be obtained … Click here to read more

CBS: Lake O’ discharges to continue at max levels, possibly through June

The water is so dirty, commissioners declared a state of emergency for the environment and the marine-based economy. … Click here to read more

WPTV: Martin County residents protest Lake Okeechobee discharges at Putnam event

“The protesters chose the Elliott Museum because Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was the keynote speaker at am Economic Council of Martin County event there Thursday night. … Click here to read more

WPTV video: Will new Lake O discharges lead to another lost summer?

“A group of environmentalists met at the St. Lucie Locks in Stuart Monday to protest the Army Corps of Engineers decision to reopen the locks and move water east from the lake. That water was determined to be toxic last week by state officials.Things have changed a lot on Lake Okeechobee in the past week … Click here to read more

Stuart Republican Negron tells Congress: Give jurisdiction over Lake ‘O’ releases to Florida

The Sunshine State News reports that Stuart Republican Joe Negron, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin (IRLLOB), called on Florida’s congressional delegation to push for federal legislation to remove the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ sole jurisdiction over Lake Okeechobee releases. See his letter … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Local Floridians at Capitol tell of shooting, fright, confusion

From The Palm Beach Post: “The shooting erupted shortly after the end of a Congressional hearing on pollution in Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee River. Mark Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society in Stuart, said he heard five or six gunshots near the area where buses drop-off tourists visiting the capitol.” … Click here to read more