A Different View~North Fork St Lucie River

-North Fork of St Lucie River surrounded by by development, Port St Lucie, Florida. Distinctive oxbows lie south of Prima Vista Blvd. Aerial photo by Ed Lippisch September 16, 12.15pm.

The above aerial of the North Fork of the St Lucie River is the second in my recent series entitled: “A Different View,” as Ed and I feature areas of the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon other than the Sailfish Flats and Sandbar between Sewall’s Point and Hutchinson Island.

For me, today’s is a powerful visual. Though it shows the remaining serpentine beauty of the North Fork of the St Lucie River one can easily see how the river, remaining natural lands, seagrasses, and fish and wildlife -close by and downstream-  are impacted by human activity from the surrounding houses, roads, bridges, and highways.

Just think of all the people living in this sea of development surrounding the winding waterway. Imagine if the people were thoughtlessly putting fertilizer and pesticides onto their lawns -that runoff in turn draining into the river- or perhaps their home located right inside the river’s watershed has an old, leaking, septic tank. Envision all the oily/dirty runoff from the surrounding roads and highways flowing down into the waters after a hard, long rain like we’ve had this week.

An image such as this makes it intensely clear and can be applied anywhere as a learning tool in the St Lucie River region: It is ridiculous not to change and modernize our ways if we truly desire the health and recovery of our waterways. All of us!


11 thoughts on “A Different View~North Fork St Lucie River

  1. We all have to do our part. Small and large. And focus on patronizing those companies, like Patagonia, that commit to stewardship

  2. Your Mom is a wise person. We all have to change our ways. We don’t need a perfect green lawn, or lawn for that matter. If you do need a lawn don’t fertilize or spray it. It will still hold the dirt down. Thanks for sharing these great photos and documentation.

  3. Thank you for this picture & your thoughtful comments. This is happening everywhere in our precious Florida, & we can’t seem to connect the dots. Why put up billions of dollars to fix this, when we just need to build smarter, if we must continue to build. We are losing our native plants & animals, not just our beautiful water. All things in nature are connected.

  4. They will destroy our beautiful area for the dollar bill. And the sad part is that our local governments want more so they can have more tax revenue.

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