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High phosphorous loads into Lake Okeechobee after Irma

Posted at 5:44 PM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 09:47:11-04

Eye-opening numbers might pinpoint a key contributor to our current algae disaster.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says Hurricane Irma washed hundreds of metric tons of phosphorous into Lake Okeechobee.

Meanwhile, Carl Steward wonders every day, will it stop.

"Most certainly. It's sad to see the wildlife," said Carl. "Pretty sad to see that."

He wants a solution to the algae mess.

It's believed 450 metric tons of phosphorous flowed into the lake after last year's hurricane; a majority of it from the north.

Fishing guide Mike Conner says this proves solutions are needs and fast. Not just northern storage.

"Northern storage is only part of it. We need a reservoir. Stop these discharges and help Florida Bay," said Conner.

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