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The Decline of Underwater Visibility: Divers and Boaters Battle Lack of Water Clarity in Stuart

Stuart business owners feeling effects of Lake Okeechobee water discharges

The Decline of Underwater Visibility: Divers and Boaters Battle Lack of Water Clarity in Stuart

Diver Russell Singson has been working for years to clean boats in Stuart, but the murky waters caused by discharges from Lake Okeechobee have made his job much more difficult. As the owner of Barracuda Dive Service, Singson has seen a decline in business due to the lack of visibility underwater. He hopes that the Army Corps of Engineers will implement changes to reduce the amount of water discharged into the area so that he and other divers can do their work more efficiently.

Nancy Husk, operations manager of At the Helm Training located downriver, has also noticed a decrease in bookings for training sessions due to concerns about water cleanliness. The impact on younger clients who are hesitant to rent boats and participate in water activities is particularly concerning. Husk emphasizes the importance of addressing this issue before it leads to severe algae blooms like those seen in 2018, which could harm local businesses and deter visitors from enjoying the area.

Both Singson and Husk are hopeful for a solution, but they know that it will take time and effort from all parties involved. They are working together to find ways to address this issue and ensure that their livelihoods are not affected by it.

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