A fast-moving disaster is happening in South Florida, as the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing billions of gallons of fresh water from Lake Okeechobee into Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie Inlet. These “blackwater” events will create a huge kill zone in the estuary and compromise water quality in the lagoon and inlet—areas prized by anglers. In the video below, my friend, Capt. Mike Connor, who hosts a Facebook page called Anglers for Everglades Restoration, talks about how devastating these discharges are. In 2013, much smaller discharges caused algae blooks that resulted in the deaths of manatees, dolphins, and pelicans.
We are in a State of Emergency
Posted by Michelle Jones on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
But don’t just take Mike’s word for it. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute marine biology professor Dennis Hanisak echoes the concern for how water quality will be affected.
TODAY, at 5 p.m., there will be a protest held at the Elliott Museum, in Stuart, Florida. Here’s the description from famed bonefish expert and fly fisherman, Aaron Adams:
We will gather to protest in front of MC Economic Council 31st Annual leadership dinner & awards at the Elliott Museum. Keynote speaker is Adam Putnam. Let’s show them how the discharges are effecting businesses and families. Please come and trailer your boat, bring your fishing rods, bring your signs, bring the family and all your friends. Let’s make sure they get the message that our waters are the most important economic engine we have in our area.
If you live in South Florida and can make the protest, you owe it to the resource and to your children to consider joining.
Follow the Anglers for Everglades Restoration Facebook page for frequent updates.