TC PALM: Lake Okeechobee discharges, not septic systems, cause algae blooms

TC PALM: July 8, 2016. Written by Tyler Treadway

It's the lake, stupid.

They say pictures don't lie, and that's never been more true in settling the argument over what caused the St. Lucie River algae crisis: Lake Okeechobee discharges or septic systems.

NASA satellite photography has tracked a massive algae bloom in the lake since early May. Videos and photographs by news organizations, including Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm.com, also clearly show bright green algae flowing out of the lake, along the C-44 (St. Lucie) Canal and into the river.

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