WPTV: Water quality declining on the Treasure Coast; community hoping for a stop to Lake O releases

WPTV: Written by Meghan McRoberts

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- Treasure Coast residents say they are noticing the steady decline of the quality of the water in the Indian River Lagoon.

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Water levels in Lake Okeechobee have reached 17 feet, prompting more concern and daily inspections for the Army Corps of Engineers.

This is the scenario that both Treasure Coast and Glades residents have feared: One where both their livelihoods are on the line.

The Army Corps of Engineers has to release more water to the St. Lucie Estuary to be sure the lake levels will not flood homes near the lake.

On the other hand, the releases threaten the economy, tourism and public health on the Treasure Coast.

Monday, the water in the St. Lucie River appeared dark, brown, and foamy along the shoreline.

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