Biblioteca Video Conservación Video - Video: “Blackwater” Discharges Threaten Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Inlet

Video - Video: “Blackwater” Discharges Threaten Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Inlet

Written by: Phil Monahan 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.

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