Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers in Florida Act as Flush for Lake Full Of ‘Toilet’ Water To Coast

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Aerial view of polluted waters caused by last Okeechobee discharge, dubbed the “Lost Summer,” in 2013 (Photo Credit: ThinkProgress )

Article courtesy of BRYAN DEWAN | Feb 25, 2016 | ThinkProgress | Shared as educational material

Lake Okeechobee, a large inland lake in southern Florida, is experiencing its highest water levels in nearly a century due to heavy rains that fell during the month of January. As after water levels reached a foot above normal, public officials began to worry that the excess water was putting too much stress on the lake’s aging dike. Officials then made the decision to drain the lake out toward Florida’s coasts through two rivers: Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie. There was one problem: Lake Okeechobee’s waters are toxic. Read more:

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