Water-Related News

Sanibel Island seeing negative effects from Lake Okeechobee discharges

Communities along the west coast of Florida are reporting negative effects from the Lake Okeechobee discharges.

Sanibel Island released new images to WPTV, comparing water quality from the beginning of June until now.

On June 2nd, the water in San Carlos Bay appeared green. Director of Natural Resources, James Evans reports the weekly discharges were 1,048 cubic feet per second.

Three weeks later, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased discharges to 9,046 cubic feet per second, three times the harmful threshold.