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Rising Water, Rising Risk

The U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers , which keeps track of water levels of Lake Okeechobee, reports that the lake is now a little over 14 feet.

This could be a big issue for Southwest Florida because of the possibility of increased discharge from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River.

A report from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida says the discharge is a result of nutrient pollution stemming from man-made sources like agricultural and residential runoff, wastewater and fertilizers.

The discharge contributes to red tide, which makes it unsafe for fish and wildlife.

When there’s a runoff, you’ll notice a drastic change in the color of the Caloosahatchee River accompanied by a smell that some describes as raw sewage and dead fish.

The Army Corps of Engineers said discharges are a possibility. Especially if the rain continues.

(Header image courtesy of VisitFlorida.com)

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