Link to flight video 5-7-17: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtzSmGVy790
My husband’s flight yesterday over the Atlantic Ocean, St Lucie Inlet, and St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon is beautiful. But look carefully and you will see a light-colored brownish plume at the mouth of the St Luice Inlet entering the ocean. Finally after months of drought, it has begun raining. And when it rains… (mind you C-44 connecting the St Lucie River to Lake Okeechobee is closed now) the re-directed run-off of waters from canals C-23, and C-24 of course still flow into our St Luice River/Indian River Lagoon.
These canals organized and built during the 1950s and 60s are part of the Central and South Florida Flood Project that the Army Corp built following the hurricane and extensive south Florida flooding of 1949. The run-off waters from these canals and the local watershed are what you see in today’s video.
As damaging as C-23 and C-24 are (they too must be reworked and redirected) they are not the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee that throw the St Lucie over the brink as in 2013 and especially 2016 when toxic algae covered extensive portions of the entire St Lucie.
(Photo mosaic from 2016 shows various photos by Dr Scott Kuhns, Rebecca Fatzinger, (wildlife) JTL/Ed Lippisch, pilot Dave Stone and others.)
In spite of the light brown plume, the short video flight from Jensen to Peck’s Lake shows blue waters near the inlet and mouth of the estuary as it should be, not black water. If Governor Scott does not veto the budget, the reservoir in years to come will help offset the Lake Okeechobee destruction and open the way to truly “send the water south.” #ThankyouJoeNegron
This is very exciting, but believe me, this is no time to let down your guard, as the fight for control of Florida’s waters has really just begun.
DEP C-24: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/southeast/ecosum/ecosums/c24.pdf
DEP C-44 St Lucie Canal connected to Lake O: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/southeast/ecosum/ecosums/C-44%20Canal%20.pdf
4 thoughts on “Flight Over the St Lucie Inlet Shows Rain Plume is NOT a Lake O Plume, SLR/IRL”
All of the Bastards should be made to drink and swim the stuff
The Bastards that did this work for the state of Florida (and their lieing scientests). Surly somewhere sleeping under a bridge are some honest scientest who refused to be a part of destroying Florida’s estuaries.
Remember you guys, my mom is reading this….:)
Hopefully your mom will come to understand (as I have ) that what has been done is ten times as bad as when they shot all the buffalo and made the indians beg for cattle. It has negatively affected a million times as many people