Treasure Coast residents rally for clean waterways on Florida's west coast

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Groups of advocates for cleaner water along the Treasure Coast made their way to a rally on the west coast Saturday.

The rally aimed at getting the west coast on board with the efforts and progress that has been made on the east coast in fighting for Lake Okeechobee discharges to be sent south.

Organizers say this time of the year is a vital time to keep momentum strong.

During the dry season, less rain means fewer water releases from Lake Okeechobee. That means the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon will start clearing up, and the bacteria levels will start to go down.

River advocates don't want the sight of the brown, bacteria-filled water to forgotten during the dry season.

Several hundred people from both coasts participated in a rally along the beach in Ft. Myers.

River advocate, Don Voss, says their tourists are also calling with concerns over the water quality.

Businesses are losing money, much like on the Treasure Coast.

Visually, Voss says the ocean water isn't what it should be,

"It wasn't as ugly brown as our water, but as a person who's been on the west coast before, it was putrid," Voss said.

Rally organizers say they have events planned throughout the dry season.

The next will be a presence at the Moon Festival in Palm Beach., on Oct. 26th.

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