Frustrated Governor Scott tours Caloosahatchee amid algae crisis

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 11, 2018

Governor Rick Scott visited Southwest Florida Monday morning to discuss the toxic algae blooms seen around Cape Coral and the Caloosahatchee River. On June 21, the Army Corps, which keeps tabs on the lake's water level to keep pressure off the aging dike, announced that it would reduce water flows through the two rivers, both of which had been blamed for the green slime that mucked up beaches a couple years ago. The U.S. Army Corps made a decision to release the murky lake water into the river, but has since announced they will suspend discharges from Lake Okeechobee starting Monday at 7 a.m.

"As we look at operations in the system, we believe we can pause discharges for a short time to get additional input from staff on available options for moving water", said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District Commander.

People hoping to beat the heat with a dip in the lake are being advised to avoid water with blue-green algae blooms. "We want to ensure we are using all available flexibility before we resume discharges east and west". "We have implemented higher stages in the canal along the Tamiami Trail and we have implemented deviations to generate flexibility in operations at the southern end of the system to move additional water south". Now, the state plans to set up new water monitoring stations in the Caloosahatchee, secretary of the Florida Department of Environment Protection Noah Valenstein told reporters yesterday.

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