Lake Okeechobee Releases Blamed For Killing Sea Grass

posted by Joel Malkin - 

While toxic algae may not have been a problem in local waterways this year, discharges from Lake Okeechobee have led to the death of a crucial plant.  

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released more than 100 billion gallons from the lake, into the St. Lucie Estuary and Florida's Oceanographic Society says that has made the water in the estuary brown and murky, which has prevented sunlight from getting to the sea grass, killing the plants.  

Mark Perry with the group says sea grass is the food and habitat for a number of species.

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