Wildlife’s Toxic Algae “State of Emergency,” Their Unheard Cries, SLR/IRL

Alligator...
Alligator swimming in toxic algae…Central Marine.

We are in a State of Emergency…

The Army Corp of Engineers has been discharging from Lake Okeechobee since January 29th and toxic algae from the lake has been released into our St Lucie River. We are being invaded. This is horrific for the people, but what about the animals? Thank God someone is documenting their plight….

Facebook friend, Rebecca Fatzinger, is not only a voice for the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon, but for its wildlife. With the cries of the people “loud and clear” sometimes it seems the animals are but an afterthought for our local, state, and federal government.

I can’t help but wonder….

The Florida Wildlife Commission? The Department of Environmental Protection–have you written a statement about the wildlife implications of this bloom? What are you thinking? Are you allowed to say?

How could the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon once have been the most bio-diverse estuary in North America? How could we be home to some the state’s most important aquatic preserves?

Thank you to Rebecca for documenting and giving us an up close look as the animals try to cope.

Heartbreaking. Disturbing. Disgusting….

This is home?

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Manatee....
Manatee….SLR
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Little Blue Heron...
Little Blue Heron…SLR
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…Limpkin
Dove
Dove
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Seagull at on shoreline of Atlantic Ocean
Seagull at on shoreline of Atlantic Ocean, Bathtub Beach.
Seagull up close
Seagull up close
Pelicans diving in toxic algae--this bloom came back at from DEP 414 mpl.
Pelicans diving in toxic algae–this bloom came back at from DEP 414 mpl. Bathtub Beach.
Pelicans
Pelicans
St Lucie River wide water
St Lucie River wide water looking towards Roosevelt bridge.
Crab...
Crab…
Duck
Duck
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Ducks...
Duck with baby duck…
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Night Heron..
Night Heron..
Water coming out of St Lucie Locks from Lake Okeechobee with visible algae
Water coming out of St Lucie Locks from Lake Okeechobee with visible algae
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….Little Blue Heron eyes dead fish in algae
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
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Oysters
Oysters
Anhinga
Anhinga
Osprey waits out rain to hunt below...
Osprey waits out rain to hunt below…
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Armored catfish
Armored catfish
Western side of C-44 Canal at S-80, St Lucie Locks and Dam. This structure discharges water from Lake Okeechobee and the agricultural basin created to drain lands into the St Lucie River/IRL. (Photo Dr Scott Kuhns, 6-22-16)
Western side of C-44 Canal at S-80, St Lucie Locks and Dam. Algae can be seen going through S80 into the SLR hurting wildlife and people.  (Photo Dr Scott Kuhns, 6-22-16)
St Lucie Locks and Dam 6-25-16 Dr Scott Kuhns
St Lucie Locks and Dam 6-25-16 Dr Scott Kuhns
Megan Remnick also Facebook
This one is from Megan Remnick also Facebook friend…
Aerial of S-80 at St Lucie Locks and Dam. Visible algae flowing through S-80 from western area of C-44 towards the St Lucie River. Photo Ed Lippisch.
Aerial of S-80 at St Lucie Locks and Dam. Visible algae flowing through S-80 from western area of C-44 towards the St Lucie River. Photo Ed Lippisch.
St Lucie Locks and Dam 6-21-16
St Lucie Locks and Dam 6-21-16 JTL
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Vulture
Vulture
SFWMD canal and basin map. C-44 canal is the canal most southerly in the image.
SFWMD canal and basin map. C-44 canal is the canal most southerly in the image and is connected to Lake Okeechobee.

THANK YOU TO REBECCA FATZINGER FOR SHARING HER PHOTOS!

7-12-16  NOTE: Although there are no photographs of bottlenose dolphins in this series they are certainly swimming in algae waters further from shore where the algae is more “particulate.”  Yesterday, I spoke with Nic Mader of Dolphin Ecology Project and she said she has seen dolphins swimming around in their “normal” areas on her runs. The animals are very “sit specific” (territorial) like people.  I also called Dr Gregory Bossert now of Georgia Aquarium formerly of Harbor Branch and his response was that this is just one more layer in an already health-affecting system— noting the animals sicknesses such as low immune system, lobo mycosis, and lessons the animal have been prone to for over 15 years since HERA Heath Environmental Risk Assessment began.  Nic has stated if she gets photos she can share she will.

This blog post I wrote in 2014 about dolphin health and freshwater pollution may be insightful: https://jacquithurlowlippisch.com/2014/06/26/fresh-water-pollution-a-destructive-force-in-the-st-lucie-riverindian-river-lagoon/
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AGENCIES TO ASSIST; please contact them.

FWC:http://myfwc.com

DEP:http://www.dep.state.fl.us/mainpage/default.htm

SFWMD:http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/sfwmdmain/home%20page

5 thoughts on “Wildlife’s Toxic Algae “State of Emergency,” Their Unheard Cries, SLR/IRL

  1. Thanks. Eula R Clarke, Esq.  Law Offices of Eula R. Clarke, P.A.  615 SW St. Lucie Crescent Suite 105  Stuart, Florida 34994  Phone: (772)220-3324 Fax: (772)220-1805  Email: eulaclarkelaw@yahoo.com  Statement of Confidentiality: The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are confidential and are intended solely for addressee. The information may also be legally privileged. This transmission is sent in trust, for the sole purpose of delivery to the intended recipient. If you have received this transmission in error, any use, reproduction or dissemination of this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please immediately notify the sender by reply e-mail or phone and delete this message and its attachments, if any.

    From: Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch To: eulaclarkelaw@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, July 11, 2016 3:12 PM Subject: [New post] Wildlife’s Toxic Algae “State of Emergency,” Their Unheard Cries, SLR/IRL #yiv1292167506 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1292167506 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1292167506 a.yiv1292167506primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1292167506 a.yiv1292167506primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1292167506 a.yiv1292167506primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1292167506 a.yiv1292167506primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1292167506 WordPress.com | Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch posted: “We are in a State of Emergency…The Army Corp of Engineers has been discharging from Lake Okeechobee since January 29th and toxic algae from the lake has been released into our St Lucie River. We are being invaded. This is horrific for the people” | |

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  2. Thank you Jacqui, for highlighting the all of the victims of this atrocity. Just heartbreaking. I wonder if there is a special place in hell for the people who knowingly dump this poison into unsuspecting creatures’ habitat.

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  3. LOVE U JTL!!!!!

    On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 3:12 PM, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch wrote:

    > Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch posted: ” We are in a State of Emergency… The > Army Corp of Engineers has been discharging from Lake Okeechobee since > January 29th and toxic algae from the lake has been released into our St > Lucie River. We are being invaded. This is horrific for the people” >

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  4. Jacqui, is the algae as toxic in fresh water as it is in the brackish & salt waters? If it is the folks that live around the lake should be very concerned.

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