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Martin County leaders address water issues

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 19:28:57-04

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- At Sherry Plymale's home, it's always been about family and enjoying the water.

"We're all water people," said Plymale.

She and her grandkids have always enjoyed the water in her backyard until recently.

"I just can't tell you how beautiful it is, but you still know it's yucky," said Plymale.

That's all thanks to the algae.

Dianne Hughes and John Maehl with Martin County's ecosystem department have been monitoring this situation.

"Seem to be more prevalent than 2016," said Hughes.

That's why the county sent a letter to the U-S Army Corps urging it to start pulse discharges.

"We made a decision to start requesting pulse discharges based on the fact that the salinity levels have been near 0 for almost 30 days," said Maehl.

The Army Corps decided to do just that starting Friday.

John and Dianne will still continue to monitor.

The Martin County County Health Department says it is urging people not to swim if they see algae.