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Old 10-21-2012, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN 55337, Outing, MN 56662, and Cape Coral, FL 33904
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Last time we were down (late Aug.) the water clarity was as it always seemed to be, pretty decent. This time it is pretty bad. Usually it would appear to be clearing up by about the "miserable mile". Now it seems that the water looks like coffee out well past the Sanibel bridge, even out beyond the point where the lighthouse is. Yacht Club beach, can't see the bottom in 2 feet of water, in our canal you can only see about 3' down while we used to see bottom in 6-7'.

Is this all due to the increased flow coming down the river from the extra water being released from the lake? Is this a normal occurance this time of year? We just can't remember the water ever being this ugly.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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Last time we were down (late Aug.) the water clarity was as it always seemed to be, pretty decent. This time it is pretty bad. Usually it would appear to be clearing up by about the "miserable mile". Now it seems that the water looks like coffee out well past the Sanibel bridge, even out beyond the point where the lighthouse is. Yacht Club beach, can't see the bottom in 2 feet of water, in our canal you can only see about 3' down while we used to see bottom in 6-7'.

Is this all due to the increased flow coming down the river from the extra water being released from the lake? Is this a normal occurance this time of year? We just can't remember the water ever being this ugly.
Yea they let the water out of Okeechobee. Usually it's not this bad, but the water is always a little funky until the first week of November as long as the rain is fairly normal. This year we have gotten an unusual amount of rain in October, so I am not sure how long it is gonna last.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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Last time we were down (late Aug.) the water clarity was as it always seemed to be, pretty decent. This time it is pretty bad. Usually it would appear to be clearing up by about the "miserable mile". Now it seems that the water looks like coffee out well past the Sanibel bridge, even out beyond the point where the lighthouse is. Yacht Club beach, can't see the bottom in 2 feet of water, in our canal you can only see about 3' down while we used to see bottom in 6-7'.

Is this all due to the increased flow coming down the river from the extra water being released from the lake? Is this a normal occurance this time of year? We just can't remember the water ever being this ugly.
It is "Normal" if we get a lot of rain during the rainy season. And we got a bunch this year.
Since the Everglades no longer filter the water and the runoff that enters the lake has so much crap in it
It will be the "Normal" every time they have to release water from the lake.
How long it last is a good question, but it will until mother nature can absorb the crap.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Florida Space Coast
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On monday I was at Bowman beach and the water was crystal clear. Not green/blue but extemely clear.

On tuesday charlotte harbor had a tinge of red tide and the water had more of an amber look lots of little dead snapper floating around. it didn't seem to affect any other species besides this. however out by north captiva the water was crystal clear.

Wednesday was at Captiva beach and water was cloudy lots of silt could not see my own feet in 2 feet of water.

Thursday was at Cayo Costa there were some dead snapper on the beach ( maybe one every 100 yards). water was not clear , but looking through my last years october vacation recap the water quality / color/ clarity was similar. It is amazing how much nicer the water looks in April vs October. but the fishing was really good in the areas that were not affected by the red tide.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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You can thank the south Florida water mis management district. They have entirely rerouted how the Everglades actually work.

If you ever flown down the coast of Florida , the waters are nice and green until you get to Charlotte Harbor, and the The Caloosahatchee. It clears back up again around Bonita beach.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN 55337, Outing, MN 56662, and Cape Coral, FL 33904
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Thanks for the info everyone!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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It's been really bad for more than 10 years. Big Ag uses lots of pesticides and fertilizer that becomes runoff and eventually travels down the Caloosahatchee. Wait when there is an algae bloom and red tide happens in a big way. It is nasty, nasty, nasty. It affects some folks' health. If I was inland I was okay but if I got closer to the coast I would get a persistent cough and horrible migraines. Some years are worse than others. I agree with Dennis, it affects the area from North Fort Myers to Bonita Beach. Rarely does it happen south of there.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Florida Space Coast
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It's been really bad for more than 10 years. Big Ag uses lots of pesticides and fertilizer that becomes runoff and eventually travels down the Caloosahatchee. Wait when there is an algae bloom and red tide happens in a big way. It is nasty, nasty, nasty. It affects some folks' health. If I was inland I was okay but if I got closer to the coast I would get a persistent cough and horrible migraines. Some years are worse than others. I agree with Dennis, it affects the area from North Fort Myers to Bonita Beach. Rarely does it happen south of there.

this time the red tide was coming from the north , I was not there but I heard venice and englewood got it really bad.
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