WPTV: Bird's-eye view of algae across the St. Lucie Estuary and Lake Okeechobee

WPTV: Written by Meghan McRoberts. June 14, 2018.

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - Whether it’s lime green streaks, a light green sheen, or clumps of algae along the shore, people who live in Martin County are continuing to see the worrisome sight of potentially toxic algae across the St. Lucie Estuary.

It’s what many Treasure Coast residents feared would emerge in the waterways, after long periods of heavy rainfall, nutrient-rich runoff, and ultimately, water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

Most people have a perspective from the ground of the current conditions.

The Lippisch family takes to the skies to get a different, broader perspective.

“You never know what you’re going to see when you get up there,” said Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, a former mayor of Sewall’s Point and an advocate for the environment.

Her husband, Ed Lippisch, is a pilot.

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