Discovery Channel’s On Location Algae Tour, SLR/IRL

From what I’m told, the last water story the Discovery Channel did  was on Flint Michigan….perhaps the next will be on the Lake Okeechobee and the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon….

Discovery reporter Katie Carpenter visited Stuart yesterday just for a tour. She visited Florida Oceanographic speaking to Mark Perry, others, and then met with me at the Town of Sewall’s Point for a tour of the area. She is just doing preliminaries–groundwork, seeing if there is a story.

I did my usual spiel trying to be a good hostess; I’ve done this before for high level government officials and reporters, and I am happy to do it—-it’s how we are going to change this mess–by sharing our story, putting it out for the world. So I put my smile on,  got out my history books, maps, photographs, and river advocacy educational materials from 2013 and offered a road tour.

I figured we’d hit a few places and maybe there would be some algae blooms to show her. Maybe they’d look toxic–

Not only did I see particulate algae in the water off Sewall’s Point but mats of it awaited us at Sandsprit Park, The Harborage Marina under the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, and most dramatically at St Lucie Locks and Dam where the waters of Lake Okeechobee are released by the ACOE along C-44 through Structure-80 into the South Fork of the St Lucie River.

Today I will share some photos and videos from the trip to continue documenting this 2016 Lake O Event that started January 29th, 2016.

It’s a crazy story isn’t it? From most biodiverse estuary in North America to a health hazard.

I wish there were a better story to Discover.

Katie was brought to our area through locals who referred her here. We have many connections. Yes, the world is Discovering what is happening here, and this exposure will help facilitate change because we definitely have a story.

LOCATION #1

St Lucie Locks and Dam 6-21-16
St Lucie Locks and Dam 6-21-16
St Lucie Locks and Dam looking east to the SLR
St Lucie Locks and Dam looking east to the SLR
Looking north over algae bloom and 7 gates releasing Lake O water and agricultural canal C-44 water.
Looking north over algae bloom and 7 gates releasing Lake O water and agricultural canal C-44 water.
Looking down at St Lucie Locks and Dam
Looking down at St Lucie Locks and Dam
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LOCATION #2

Sandsprit Park
Sandsprit Park, Stuart
Sandsprit Park
Sandsprit Park

 

LOCATION #3

Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
Harborage Marina
JTL and Katie Carpenter, Discovery Channel.
JTL and Katie Carpenter, Discovery Channel 6-21-16.

#1 SL Locks algae coming from C-44 west side through S-80 into SLR

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZzHiOXy-zA)

#2
Roosevelt Bridge//Harborage Marina

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qbV7OY4HQ4)

9 thoughts on “Discovery Channel’s On Location Algae Tour, SLR/IRL

  1. Thank you Jacqui and husband for all your hard work and activism for our beautiful IRL. I greatly appreciate your showing Katie our concerns. I am a school teacher and every year do a section our our beautiful but sick lagoon.

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  2. Jacqui, good to see you and meet Katie yesterday at Harborage. We too documented it later, shot a quick vid for bull sugar.org and collected five samples. I called DEP yesterday and will again this morning to get them down there.

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  3. Thank you so much I spent my childhood fishing the Indian river and I’m trying to teach and raise my son and daughter the same way of life ! the discharge has to stop its destroying a part of Florida that my family loves the most ! Thanks again !!!

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  4. Jacqui,

    Mary Pullen Radabaugh has some dramatic images and video on her FB page. If Discovery Channel is still available you may consider connecting with Mary. She and her husband run Central Marine: 200 NW Alice Ave, Stuart, FL 34994 772 692 2000

    mh >

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        1. I live on Alice St and walked by marina this evening and could not believe the stench coming from the river. Lived here for almost fifty years and this just is unbelievable and so sad.

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