~Ed takes a picture at 3000 feet
I. HELPFUL INFORMATION:
1. ACOE Statement regarding discharging March 5, 2020
2. Lake Okeechobee level 15.06 feet
3. ACOE Pulse Release Schedule: 4.SFWMD staff’s recommendation to the Corps regarding Lake Okeechobee operations for the period March 2 to March 8, and March 9 to March 15, 2021: Ops_Position_Statement__Mar_02_08_2021
5. Florida Oceanographic’s Weekly Water Quality Report
6. HAB update and science data: Todd Thurlow’s website eyeonelakeo
II. DOCUMENTING THE DISCHARGES -all photos taken 3-13-21 by J&E on outgoing tide around 1pm. Friday, March 5, my husband Ed and I , took aerials of the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon just one day before the Army Corps of Engineers began discharging to the St Lucie River on March 6, 2021. I can’t say that in all our years of taking photographs since 2013, we have done so just one day before discharges began. Thus, now Ed and my goal is to take photos every week as long as the discharges continue. This will give us a really good opportunity for visual comparison.
We all know a picture speaks a thousand words…
Today, Saturday, March 13, 2021, is exactly one week after discharges began-(this time). You can see last week’s photos here! Do you think they were prettier than todays? I must admit, today, the water coloring looked better than I anticipated and that’s good news. This may not be the case in the coming weeks especially if the ACOE ups the discharge level.
We shall see.
~Jacqui and Ed
-St Lucie Inlet and Sailfish Flats at Sailfish Point-Sailfish Flats with no visible seagrass-St Lucie Inlet -A faint plume is visible going south along Jupiter Island-St Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon-Looking south over Hutchinson Island at St Lucie Inlet-Views north along Indian River Lagoon -At St Lucie Inlet looking over Jupiter Narrows to Port Salerno and Stuart-Water just outside St Lucie Inlet on north side, reefs visible as is sediment exiting inlet -Another view encompassing almost all: St Lucie River, Southern Indian River Lagoon -Looking south towards Palm City where the South Fork connects to the C-44 and Lake Okeechobee when structure S-80 and S-308 are open. -Looking east toward the cross shape and forks of the St Lucie River. IRL in foreground. Sewall’s Point lies between the St Lucie and IRL.
10 thoughts on “7 Days After ~Discharges March 2021”
Great short term documentation of the East Coast discharges by you & Ed. In the longer term it seems that we need more STAs South of the lake for more clean water to go South.
Thank you Mike.
yes it doesn’t look that bad , but depends on the tide it will always look better on the flood
Thank you for comment and you are totally correct. We were out the next day and it was outgoing tide all the way and very dark.
Thanks Jacqui and Ed for your never-ending documentation. I just wish it would muster the political will to stop the discharges and balance the water flow better. Thanks for helping to protect our natural treasures. Hope family is doing good.
You too Mike. Thank you!
Fabulous pictures (“I can see my house from here!”). Seriously, though, I am grateful to you and Ed for documenting water conditions. Looks like the brown sediment hasn’t been stirred up too much – yet.