Aerials, “Never Forget the Lost Summer” St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

On September the releases were at their worst.
 Aerial photos of releases at St Lucie Inlet, Sewall’s Point and Jupiter Island at the height of releases from Lake Okeechobee. Area canals were also releasing at this time.  This era became known as the “Lost Summer, as waters were toxic for almost three months and visibly disgusting the two months before. The releases themselves began May 8th and stopped October 21, 2013. (Photos taken in August/September by Jacqui Thurlow-Lippsich and Ed Lippisch )

These shocking photos taken last summer have helped to keep up the pressure on Martin and St Lucie’s counties legislative delegation and others in both Tallahassee and Washington DC for change along water bodies releasing into the St Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon and future hope for future water storage and a flow way south.

Also, the Stuart News and Scripps Newspapers continues to post lagoon article almost every day. The business community, students, and retired, everyday people are still up in arms.

There are  both short and long term goals to save the Indian River Lagoon and St Lucie River, but the public’s collective memory is the greatest hope for a better future as we advocate, partake, and lobby for clean water.

As you go out this weekend and Spring Break begins for our area young people, recall last year’s late spring, summer and fall when the public  could not go out or into  our area waters.

And when you have a chance, call your local, state and federal officials and nicely ask: “How’s it coming with those  water issues,  and when are you up for reelection?”

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6 thoughts on “Aerials, “Never Forget the Lost Summer” St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

  1. I for one will never forget and with thanks to everyone’s efforts we will eventually accomplish and make a difference for our river.

  2. They are still very Fresh in my MIND !! That is why I am working on Sunday, building habitat for the IRL !! That is the only way I can feel Good about the Lost Summer of 1013. Lee@IES

  3. Bill Nelson (D) will hopefully show cause for a Justice RICO investigation of Rick Scott and those who aid and abet corrupt racketeering here in Florida.

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