When the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon start to deteriorate due to discharges, things start going downhill fast. And when my husband Ed and I start taking and sharing aerial photos, my world becomes a bit chaotic.
Sometimes there are days of hundreds of photos to look through, and knowing the importance of getting them out immediately, choices have to be made. Facebook is a better medium than my blog for real-time info as it takes less time, but my blog is better for historic documentation as it is “permanent.”
So today I am sharing more of Ed’s photos from 6-5-18, and some you may have already seen. Mind you, after heavy rains, stormwater has been pouring in from many canals but, always, like clockwork, after the ACOE starts discharging from Lake Okeechobee, the river looks not just cloudy-coffee brown, but contaminated.
The ACOE started discharging from Lake Okeechobee on 6-1-18, and as most of you know, now, there are not only algae blooms spotted in the lake, as Ed accidentally found on 6-2-18, and others also documented, but also in the St Lucie River. More than likely, there will be more and more algae bloom popping up as the Lake O water makes its way down the estuary, over the tip of Sewall’s Point, towards the St Lucie Inlet. Algae floating down the river is disgusting enough, but toxicity is the real question…
Ed and I will take and share more aerials in the future, to document the algae blooms should they explode, but until then, here are some photographs from 6-5-18 that I had not yet archived on my blog. Sadly enough, although there is no algae in these pictures, I cannot say they will make you feel any better.
Never take the pressure off politicians to build the EAA Reservoir and get it to where it needs to be to clean and filter this water to send south as Nature intended. Government knowingly contaminating its citizens is not an option. Health, Safety and Welfare is a responsibility.
Photos taken 6-5-18 showing SLR/ILR near Sewall’s Point; Jupiter Narrows; Atlantic Ocean/beach over nearshore reefs along Jupiter Island just south of St Lucie Inlet; out in ocean near Peck’s Lake; Sailfish Point/Sailfish Flats area; and Bird Island, a Critical Wildlife Area, for many threatened and endangered birds.
5 thoughts on “Documenting the Discharges, June 2018, SLR/IRL”
Heartbreaking. Thanks for continuing to document and for your advocacy.
Thanks so much Janet.
When I was young I had a bumble-bee in a jar and a watch. When my dad came by he asked what I was doing. I said I was seeing how long it would take the bee to die without oxygen. He pulled off his belt and corrected my bad behavior. From Miami to jacksonville—-I have told everyone how to save the creatures in the lagoon. Sometimes I feel like asking —-Whats wrong ??? did you not get your whippen when you were a kid?
I have been listining to Adam Putnam for hours. He is the boss over all the agriculture in Florida. He is now running for govener. I have come to the conclusion he is a poop-talker. Everything he says sounds rosey and good but his actions tell a differant story. Our small farmers lands lie in neglected ruins. Nothing in any of our grocery stores is grown in America. I wonder if he taxed the small farmers to death and used the money to pay the big farmers not to grow. This is what ecconomic treason looks like.