TCPALM: September 22, 2016. Written by Treasure Coast.
They open. They close. They open. They close. And so it goes. Year-round. The St. Lucie Lock and Dam sometimes releases excess Lake Okeechobee water into the St. Lucie (C-44) Canal. Sometimes it's just rainfall runoff that collects in the canal. Sometimes it's both. But the polluted freshwater always makes its way into the St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon, out the St. Lucie Inlet and into the ocean. It can increase enteric bacteria levels and spark sometimes toxic algae blooms.