WPTV: Lake Okeechobee discharges bring algae concerns

WPTV: September 25, 2016. Written by Alex Hagen.

Algae concerns are blooming once again on the Treasure Coast.

The Army Corps of Engineers has begun discharging 1.1 billion gallons a day into the St. Lucie River. Now residents and business owners fear another round of algae blooms is coming.

It's the same flow rate sent into the river in May and June that caused multiple toxic algae blooms.

Lake Okeechobee's elevation this week is over the maximum level of 15 feet, 6 inches. This caused the increase in discharges.

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