PALM BEACH POST: Our beloved Lake Okeechobee is sick: This is how it got that way

Palm Beach Post: Written by Kimberly Miller. May 25, 2018.

Paul Gray steeled himself as he took the stick of the airboat and fired up its blades.
“It’s going to be kind of sad because the lake has really been pounded,” he said, before aiming the boat’s stubby bow into the sediment-choked soul of Florida.

Nearly nine months ago, Hurricane Irma raked over Lake Okeechobee, churning up its nutrient-laden guts with 80-mph gusts and turning portions into a molasses-colored broth.

In the wellspring of Everglades life, wading birds still forage, alligators hunt, and scores of bass are caught by happy anglers. Ringed by cumulus clouds that boil up over sun-warmed land, fauna abounds under blue skies in Lake Okeechobee.

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