NEWS-PRESS: Lake O release volume can be more dangerous than water quality

NEWS PRESS: October 19, 2016. Written by Chad Gillis.

Billions of gallons of freshwater flow down the Caloosahatchee River every year, and it carries tons upon tons of harmful nutrients to the river's estuary and coastal beach islands like Sanibel.

The impacts range from a discoloration of water to fish and marine mammal kills, as well as beach closures, hotel cancellations and a loss in local property values.

Some politicians and tourism industry groups said the brown water blanketing the coast earlier this year was harmless, that it was just a lot of water carrying a lot of natural things. But the flow of water and nutrients is far from natural, and the result is often fish and marine mammal kills, beach closures and hotel cancellations.

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