Despite the nasty fluorescent green algae outbreak that’s happening off South Florida’s east and west coasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed releases of the polluted water from Lake Okeechobee that’s filled with fertilizer, manure and sewage from surrounding industrial agriculture operations and cities north of the lake.
The Okeechobee swill flows out through the St. Lucie River to the Atlantic and the Calooshatchee River to the Gulf. The releases are expected to happen for the next 10 days. Activists are planning a series of protests.
The disgusting algae is affecting real estate values, reports the Fort Myers News Press, adding that it’s hard to say just how much right now. The News Press reports that a study in 2015 by a Realtor’s group found that algae outbreaks knocked back property values by $541 million a year in the west coast’s Lee County and $428 million a year in Martin County, on the east coast.
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