Water releases from Lake Okeechobee to continue through March 29

Water releases from the lake will continue through March 29 followed by a two-week break. However, environmentalists said it is not enough time for the fragile St. Lucie Estuary and its marine fisheries to recover.

"This is the season when the oysters spawn and seagrasses are trying to grow and all the fish are spawning in this estuary, and they need that balance of fresh and saltwater," Florida Oceanographic Society executive director Mark Perry said. "But if you've inundated it with so much fresh water and so much pollution, it's just incredible that they're even thinking of doing it. It's just crazy."

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