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we anticipate local basin runoff will continue to be a significant source of flows through the Franklin and St. Lucie Locks."

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The lake's current level at the start of the weekend was 15.67 feet.

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oysters, sea grasses and other wildlife began dying.

Lucie Estuary too damaged for brief respite in water

The corps recently had cut back the lake to waterway releases. The St. Lucie Estuary was reduced to 1,179 cubic feet per second from 1,800. On Saturday, the corps restored releases into the St. Lucie to the 1,800 level, as measured at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam near Stuart.

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In May the corps began releasing polluted water into the estuary and river to control the rising waters. As the rains increased and the lake rose, so did the releases. Billions of gallons of fresh water were flushed into the estuary, where brackish water with higher salinity levels support a delicate ecosystem. The fresh water lowered the salinity levels and Burberry Leah Crossbody

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Neither did Lucas a speaker at the Sept. Army Corps of Engineers began Saturday are going to have a significant effect on top of the damage caused by previous releases, which killed oysters, sea grasses and other wildlife and helped cause toxic algae to bloom this summer.

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The corps began releasing water from the lake in May after a record setting start to the rainy season saw lake levels rise past 16 Prada Handbags feet above sea level at least 6 inches higher than the level the corps thinks is safe for the aging Herbert Hoover dike that surrounds the like and protects communities as far west as Wellington from flooding.

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The target flow for the Caloosahatchee is 4,000 cubic feet, as measured from the Moore Haven Lock and Dam.

Citing heavy rainfall this month, the corps on Saturday increased the flow of water from the lake into the estuary and the Caloosahatchee River which flows into the Gulf of Mexico near Fort Myers on Saturday morning.

The two week respite from heavy releases of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary will do little to help the estuary's ravaged ecosystem, an activist who has protested the releases said.

that's going to die has already died," she said.

"The above average rainfall so far this month is a sharp contrast to the drier conditions experienced last month," said Lt. Col. Tom Greco, Jacksonville district deputy commander for South Florida. "Keeping with trends so far this wet season, Burberry Haymarket Check Tassel Crossbody Bag

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Construction on the 143 mile dike began in the 1930s after hurricanes killed over 2,000 people and swamped much of the lower part of the state. It is now in such poor condition that it is ranked among the most likely to fail in the United States. Higher water levels put more pressure on the dike, and because water can flow into the lake six times faster than it leaves the lake, the corps tries to keep the lake's level between 12.5 and 15.5 feet during the rainy season.

Water conditions were so poor after the toxic algae bloomed in the estuary this summer that the Martin County Health Department posted signs warning people to stay out of the water.

"I don't want to sound pessimistic. Two weeks without releases is better than two weeks with releases," said Crystal Lucas, a teacher at Jensen Beach High School who helped develop its marine biology program. "But in terms of long term environmental impact, two weeks is minimal."

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