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'The Green River'

July 11, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

We have returned from a month sailing in the Bahamas. The waters were gorgeous there. They were so crystal clear that on a calm day the boat seemed to be suspended in space above the 15-foot bottom. The water sparkled like jewels. They were all different variations of cobalt blue, emerald green and golden tan. You could see the fish, coral and grass on the bottom.

What a difference when we returned to the USA. We came back through the St. Lucie Riiver, Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosa-hatchee River. The bad water started when we approached the St. Lucie Inlet from the Atlantic. There were huge mats of floating seaweed on the dull obscure water. When we traveled the St. Lucie River, it was tannic brown with a touch of green.

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Crossing Lake Okeechobee it was one giant cesspool. The water was muddy oily browns with chunks of green floaters. The engine sputtered one time when it choked on a mass of green algae.

When we got to the Caloosahatchee River, there were green algae slicks everywhere. We renamed it; "The Green River." Politicians should change the name also. They can't fix it, so the should use a marketing gimmick to gloss over the problem. Their motto could be, "Hey, we worked hard to get it this pretty green color. So what if you can't swim, fish and boat in it."

Roger Wood

St. James City



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