Tag Archives: polluted water

Commercial fisherman moves operation north of Martin County to avoid polluted water

Lake Okeechobee releases continued to flow into the St. Lucie Estuary Friday night, creating another night of worry for local business owners who who rely on clean water to make a living. Commercial fisherman, Chuck Anderson, says the St. Lucie River used to be his ‘sweet spot’ for fishing and crabbing. “I would stay down there all year long, fishing and crabbing. I made a very good living at it.” But in 2013, that took a big turn. Three years later, his business is still not bouncing back. “You couldn’t pay me to go down there now. I don’t want my hands in there.” Read the rest here 11:23

Lake Okeechobee – More bad water? We hope not

Here we go again. Large amounts of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee are beginning to flow into the Caloosahatchee. This is harmful fresh water and is the result of a need to drop the lake level because of unprecedented rain amounts. It is water filled with the wrong kind of nutrients and phosphorous. It can create suffocating algae blooms, killing sea grass and marine life. It can impact tourism. No one wants to fish, swim or look at ugly water. Read the rest here 14:24