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Southeast Reports

 

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Lake Worth Lagoon in Palm Beach County, Florida, is suffering the consequences of last summer’s record rainfall. A combination of storm water and overflow from Lake Okeechobee––the nation’s second largest freshwater lake––is being released from flood-control canals into the waterway. The end result is water that is unsafe for swimmers, oysters, fish, manatees, wading birds, mangroves, and sea grass. Runoff brings pollutants and muck, and the added fresh water creates a salinity imbalance for marine life. The Army Corps of Engineers mentions that the amount of rainfall and runoff pollution is uncontrollable. The Corps plans improvements on the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee, which should be completed in 2017.

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