WPTV: Aerial pictures show impact of Lake Okeechobee discharges

WPTV: Written by Andrew Ruiz, Alanna Quillen. September 26, 2017.

STUART, Fla. - Aerial pictures released Monday night show the the impact on the St. Lucie Estuary from recent Lake Okeechobee discharges.

Martin County officials released the photos, which show a definitive change caused by freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee.

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The pictures taken over the Roosevelt Bridge and Sailfish Point show shades of dark, brown water.

"It just looks like chocolate milk almost in the estuary. Those are very concerning to us. Those are areas that would normally be crystal clear blue water," said Deb Drum, Ecosystems Restoration Management Manager for Martin County. "It's very dirty turbid water. The water clarity goes down very dramatically. We get low dissolved oxygen levels, we can experience fish kills."

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