The Truth About Algae Blooms And Water Mismanagement In Florida.

Published on January 17, 2017 under Salt Strong

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Algae blooms.


Big Sugar.



There has been a lot of talk (and even more opinions) about the water qualities in Florida recently.

In particular, the amount of “polluted freshwater” that is being dumped into two of Florida’s critical estuaries.

There has also been a TON of misinformation regarding the real issues along with legitimate solutions if you read many of the comments in the fishing forums and online fishing groups.

What I really like about this latest video from the Captains For Clean Water is that instead of doing a video entirely about blaming the guilty parties (which doesn’t solve any problems), they came up with a legit solution that we can (and should) get behind.

They also did a great job of spelling out exactly what the real issue is in an easy to understand way.

So what’s the solution?

To create a manmade water filtration system that moves the water from south Lake Okeechobee down to the top of the Everglades (instead of pushing it out of the St. Lucia Canal and Caloosahatchee River into our beloved estuaries).

According to the video, the state has the funds to make it happen.

Now they just need our undying support.

If you want to make sure your kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids have the same fishing experiences that we did here in Florida, I urge you to join the Captains For Clean Water campaign and become a member or donate anything you can.

This is the time.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Click here to become a member of the Captains for Clean Water and learn more.

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roy noblin
3 years ago

a filter out of south Lake Okeechobee will help but it will be a never ending battle. look north to all the growth we have had in central florida. they filled in all most all the low lands that acted as a filter and dug ditches to drain what they didn’t fill. at least 50 years ago lake harris was crystal clear. i was born in leesburg and fished from my grand parents dock. today i can not see the tips of my fingers when wrist deep. they blamed the farms that had been here for years but they were here long before i was born in 45. the truth is all the fertilizer poured on lawns has destroyed our lakes. meany of these lakes flow into the kissimmee river which they straightened out, why! so it would flow faster south. they now realize the mistake and are doing a little restoration but not near enough.
if you want to clean up down south you need to start at the source. ban “Slow Release” Fertilizer would be a start, it just washes away with heavy rains, but natural filters out of all the new developments is the cure. green grass my look good but isn’t nessasaary and is a waste of water.
once upon a time there was and still maybe a law against filling low land but instead of requiring they restore to the natural state they impose a fine which is just added to cost of doing business.

3 years ago

Land acquisition. How much of the ‘filter land’ is in the public doman and how much is in private ownership?

Richard D.
Richard D.
3 years ago
Reply to  Luke

It’s all about “follow the money”, “politics” and “special interests”:
EAA reservoir plans: Whatever happened to Acceler8?
Senate considers ways to stop lake releases

3 years ago
Reply to  Richard D.

Thanks for those links, Richard. It’s been my experience that Cooperative Agreements and Memorandums of Understandings are very inefficient and ‘a committee’ is just another name for ‘convoluted bullshit’. Too many fingers in this pie and too many asses to kiss to get and sustain funding. And then, there’s political compliance to ensure somebody’s legacy is preserved. A huge waste of time and effort.

Even so, it looked like the project(s) (Acceler8) were headed in the right direction at one time until ‘environmental groups’ got involved and somebody decided to put their political legacy before an already viable plan. Now, it seems that the clock has run out on implementing anything remotely effective in a timely manner. That, and it seems there are entirely too many people now with a legitimate stake in the effects of these projects who won’t be heard or bothered with, i.e. private land will need to be condemned and declared public domain to move forward. And, that’s only the beginning of decades of litigation. After that, there’ll be generations of environmentalists pissing and moaning about every little detail when some aspect of a project doesn’t measure up or a hurricane wipes out years of progress. What a freakin’ mess!

Build in a flood plain; expect to be flooded, AND expect to comply with evolving new volumes of regulations governing riparian corridors. Where are the Ian McHarg’s of the 21st century? Ah, never mind. Nobody’d listen to them.