OVERVIEW: The water system for South Florida starts in the chain of lakes, just south of Orlando. This water runs south, along the canalized Kissimmee River, making it to Lake Okeechobee in just a few days, a trip that took months before the snake like river was turned into a canal by the Army Corp and the State of Florida in the 1960s. The now unfiltered water is full of pollutants, nitrogen and phosphorus it picks up along the way.
The giant lake, once open to the south to nourish the Everglades, has been closed off by a dike since the late 1920s. Thus when the lake water rises too high for the “safety” of agriculture, mostly sugar, south of lake, the water is diverted east and west through the estuaries: the Caloosahatchee and the St Lucie.
From this diverted water, billions of gallons goes to tide through the Gulf of Mexico on the west, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Along the way, the estuaries are destroyed of all life and the economies of the surrounding cites are decimated.
At South Florida Water Management meetings, stakeholders fight over water rights…
For the St Lucie, dumping billions of gallons to tide, there are toxic algae warnings from the health department and state; salinity is so low oysters and seagrasses have died off by 99%; wildlife suffers and dies; business and recreation are at a standstill; children go back to school speaking of the “lost summer…”
Yes, the estuaries have been the dumping ground for Lake Okeechobee since the 1920’s when the estuaries were canalized by the State of Florida and the Army Corp of Engineers…
And yes, Martin County residents have fought against this destruction before, but this time it is different…
This summer a “Riverlution” began….
Right now, this “Riverlution” is building and organizing….
This new blog is dedicated to the “Riverlution” of Martin County, Florida, 2013. May it educate and inspire you….as you inspire me!
For the Estuaries,
Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Commissioner, Town of Sewall’s Point
10 thoughts on “It’s a “Riverlution,” St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon in 2013”
Well said,were all together on this one!
Thanks for your reply Larry. I am just learning how to reply on this blog. Appreciate that you read and reply!
Your explanations are so concise and easy to understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi Robin! Thanks for replying! i am just learning how!
God`s Speed Angel Jacqui, it truly is a “Riverlution” and I am Proud to Stand Side by Side With Compassionate, Educated People Such As Yourself, In This Marathon War We Have Initiated For Clean Water For US, Our Beautiful Native State, the KIDZ and For Our Wild and Sea Life!! Solidarity To The End !! Lee@Intracoastalecosystems.com
Robin Pittman thank you for re posting this after all this time. Re reading it today reminds me of how far we’ve come and how much more we have to do. Thank you.
I just wanted to show these blogs to people who may not have been around last year a place to go for information.
Thank YOU for what you have done and continue to do!
I lived living in Pahokee / Canal Point when I was a little boy. Hope to see it again in the near future.
I hope you get to go back. Thanks Don.