Diving in the Dark: How Lake Okeechobee’s Discharges are Affecting Local Businesses and Visitors

Stuart business owners feeling effects of Lake Okeechobee water discharges

Diver Russell Singson has been working in Stuart for years, cleaning boats underneath the murky waters. However, lately, he has noticed a decrease in visibility due to discharges from Lake Okeechobee. This makes it challenging for divers like Singson to see clearly underwater and complete their work efficiently.

Singson is not alone in his concerns. Nancy Husk, operations manager of At the Helm Training located down the St. Lucie River, also shares his concerns. She has seen a significant decrease in bookings for training sessions, largely due to worries about the cleanliness of the water stemming from the discharges. Husk highlighted how younger clients are hesitant to rent boats and engage in water activities due to the current water conditions.

Both Singson and Husk are hopeful that changes will be made to reduce discharges into the area. They both believe that addressing this issue before it escalates into severe algae blooms is crucial for local businesses and visitors alike. While Singson mentioned that they have a plan in progress to release less water in their direction, Husk emphasized that immediate action is necessary before further harm is done.

Despite these challenges, both Singson and Husk remain optimistic about the future of their respective businesses and the area as a whole. They continue to work hard and provide valuable services while advocating for changes that will benefit everyone involved.

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