Ed’s Aerial Update 41 minus 2 days after the discharges, SLR

Sailfish Flats devoid of visible seagrass

My husband Ed took these aerials yesterday March 4, 2023 around 11am. He described it as a “mid tide” between high and low. Also swinging by Port Mayaca, at Lake Okeechobee, this time there was no visible algae.

Following Ed’s aerials I am including those of Dr. Scott Kuhns whose photographs taken on February 27, 2023 around 10am showing streaks of algae caused the ACOE to close gate S-308 at Port Mayaca for about 2 1/2 days. Kudos to Dr Kuhns! And thank you to the ACOE for closing! 

So the pictures directly below are Ed’s 3-4-23 and those following are Scott’s 2-27-23. We will continue to document the discharges with hopes they will be halted. We all agree that St Lucie River suffers under the discharges. She was taking water to avoid algae in summer. No one thought algae sightings would begin so early in February, but they have. With this discovery, it is time to 🛑 stop! Cyanobacteria is impossible to 100% track and understand. It is too ancient and will outsmart us every time. Close the locks.

IRL/SLR Sewall’s Point to Stuart
Sky River Warriors since 2013. Pilots & friends Dr Ed Lippisch & Dr Scott Kuhns. This photo was taken by JTL in 2016.
February 27 by Dr Scott Kuhns. This photo caused the ACOE to close S308 for two and one half days.

7 thoughts on “Ed’s Aerial Update 41 minus 2 days after the discharges, SLR

  1. Lake O has been high all dry season. Discharges should be at the beginning of dry season to avoid discharging cyanobacteria laden water. Discharges at the end of the dry season has a high likelihood of discharging cyanobacteria laden water. JMHO

  2. The Army Corp had algaecide put down, which is good to remove cyanobacteria, but it also kills needed good algae that is eaten by zooplankton, many fish & shellfish. Now that it too has been sent into our waterways, what will they have to eat now that most of our seagrass is gone too?

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