Polluted Water Pumped into Fort Myers as an Emergency Measure

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Tannin-filled water from the Calooshatchee River is pumped into the C-43 West Basin Reservoir in Hendry County in 2013. The state met with local leaders and concerned residents Thursday in Fort Myers.(Photo Credit: FILE Andrew West/The News-Press, Andrew West/News-Press)

Article courtesy of CHAD GILLIS | Jan 29, 2016 | news-press | Shared as educational material

Because of heavy rain, the South Florida Water Management District pumped polluted water from farms into Lake Okeechobee. Lake Okeechobee feeds into Caloosahatchee River. Although the federal Army Corps of Engineers manages the Lake Okeechobee release protocol, the South Florida Water District manages the pump. These types of discharges from polluted water kill sea grass, disrupt aquatic life, and increase exposure to certain bacterias that can increase diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Read more here: http://newspr.es/1Sg1VxI

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