Recently, it seems to rain almost every day!
TCPalm’s Elliott Jones reported this morning that Stuart has received a whopping 11.30 inches of rain just so far this month! (The average being 7.14.)
Although due to the recent drought, the ACOE/SFWMD are not dumping Lake Okeechobee through Canal C-44, canals C-23, C-24, C-25, and areas along C-44, as well as our own basin, are draining right into the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon. Very little of this water is cleansed before it enters and thus is damaging to the eco system. Next time you see water draining through a grate in a parking lot, think about this. Remember too that before the major canals were constructed the 1900s, the river received less than half the water it gets every time it rains today.
The aerials below were taken 6-13-17 by my husband Ed Lippisch and pilot Dave Stone. It is important to monitor the river all of the time so we can view changes.
“Rain stained” we are; please remember not to fertilize during the rainy season. The birds on Bird Island will appreciate it! (http://befloridian.org)
Canals draining water into SLR/IRL after rain events:
3 thoughts on “Aerials of Our Rain Stained Lagoon, SLR/IRL”
You failed to mention that C-44 is still being, as you put it, “dumped” into Lake Okeechobee. You failed to mention that C-44 water is not “treated” before it is “dumped” into Lake Okeechobee. You fail to mention all of living from Orlando south were “dumped” into a man made system and it is up to ALL of us from Orlando south to clean our own water before we “dump” it somewhere. Oh, you forgot to mention, according to the Corp of Engineers site, http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/StatusDaily.htm that as of today C-44 is “dumping” the most water into Lake O (a negative number means the water is flowing backwards into Lake O). So when the water from Lake O needs to go east or south don’t blame those of us who live south of Lake O for the huge amount of water C-44 has/is dumping into Lake O.
Dear Ardis Hammock, I sense you are upset and I do understand. It is terrible all this pollution. Last week, I did write a blog about the C-44 going back into Lake O. I try to keep blogs relatively at a single subject this is best. Please know, I don’t blame you for anything. I am a student of history and a teacher. People interpret as they may; and you too will interpret as you may… I am dedicated to replumbing the entire system for all of us. Thank you for your comment and the blog about backwards running c-44 is below.
Snook spon in August. I believe they probably time this event to the fresh water runoffs this time of year. When I put my fine sand and shell up these rivers and runoffs it simulates the historic conditions that existed when these rivers were created. .