Originally published by WINK News and written by Annalise Iraola on March 4, 2024

A week ago, the Calusa Waterkeeper took a picture off the coast of Sanibel. Dark brown, it’s a harsh contrast between the beautiful blue gulf waters.

On February 17, the Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from Lake O, enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every 22 seconds.

The good news is that our gulf waters appear to be clearing up. That could be because the Lake O releases are on hold until Thursday.

The Army Corps of Engineers maintains that it’s vital to release water from Lake O to reduce the water level before the rainy season begins.

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