Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pollution in Florida from the Lake Okeechobee Release. By Geniusofdespair

The tainted sugar water dumped into Lake Okeechobee is polluting the lake and it  has to go somewhere else. The lake level is too high and the dyke needs fixin' bad. So to save the dyke from rupture the Army Corps releases mega amounts of water to both coasts, polluting them. Meanwhile, the sugar interests keep sending out post cards saying the Everglades is saved. Hallelujah! Only problem is, it isn't true. Look at these photos. I asked Dawn Shirreffs, Senior Everglades Policy Advisor for the Everglades Foundation what was the scoop with these lyin' flyers.
"No one believes that we are at the final stage of restoring America’s Everglades. It is disingenuous for the sugar industry to suggest otherwise. There is much to be done such as the implementation of the critical Central Everglades Planning Project which will help move water south from Lake Okeechobee. We also need funding for construction of the C-43 and C-44 reservoirs to help stem pollution in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers.
The vast pollution from Lake Okeechobee has had horrendous effects, again, on both coasts of Florida. The South Florida water management system, organized to protect suburbs and Big Sugar.

Water quality along Southwest Florida's shores may be starting to impact home sales and vacation rentals near the beach. That's the concern of at least two realtors who say they lost an out-of-state client when he saw the dark and murky Gulf of Mexico.

"We had a real shock this morning," said Mike Reeves of Reeves Family Team, part of Coldwell Banker. Reeves' prospective homebuyer, Terry Reid of Chicago, sent an email saying he was backing out of his Fort Myers Beach condo search because of the dirty water.


Anonymous said...

NOW the realtors pay attention? Puke on them all.

Anonymous said...

Uhhh... The sugar lands are all south of the Lake. The South Florida Water Management District made the decision long ago NOT to pump water northward into the lake from sugar cultivated lands (i.e. no back pumping). The pollution flowing into the lake is already in the lake and sediments and continues to come in from the ag and residential lands to the north, east and west. At least know what you are talking about before you spout, please.

Anonymous said...

Global warming may take 50 years to reverse itself but this mess could be cleaned up in a year if the political will power was there.

Anonymous said...

Actually - backpumping is alive and well as the SFWMD reconsidered their stance last summer and backpumping did occur earlier this year.

melissa mccranels said...

Yes, The runoff from the sugar farms goes into the canals that are SOUTH of the lake, but those canals then flow into south florida's waterways. Since the water levels are so high, the water isn't being moved slow enough to get filtered properly. Lake O needs an overhaul to fix concerns of the N,S,E & W. WE NEED ONE UNIFIED