WPTV: Written by Alex Hagan. February 20, 2018.
Scientists believe Hurricane Irma wiped out the vegetation that grows in Lake Okeechobee.
So what does that mean when discharges into the estuaries potentially resume?
Dozens of square miles of vegetation was likely killed by the storm.
Scientists say with that loss there could be very little filter and potential nutrients flowing into the lake from the north could settle in the lake.