Water Woes Affect Local Diving and Boating Businesses

Stuart business owners feeling effects of Lake Okeechobee water discharges

Dive business owner Russell Singson suits up every day to clean boats under the murky waters of Stuart. He shared that his business has been suffering due to discharges from Lake Okeechobee, which makes it challenging for divers like him to see clearly underwater and complete their work efficiently.

Nancy Husk, operations manager of At the Helm Training located down the St. Lucie River, also expressed concerns about the decreased visibility caused by the discharges. She highlighted how it has affected bookings for training sessions, particularly among younger clients who are hesitant to rent boats and engage in water activities due to the current water conditions.

Both Singson and Husk hope that the Army Corps of Engineers will implement changes to reduce the discharges into their area. Singson mentioned that they have a plan in progress to release less water in their direction, while Husk emphasized the importance of addressing the issue before it escalates into severe algae blooms, similar to what occurred in 2018, which could further harm local water-based businesses and deter visitors from enjoying the area.

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