The problem in the southern Indian River Lagoon is Lake Okeechobee.
An abundance of polluted water from the state’s largest lake is turning the lagoon’s normally aquamarine water brown and murky and endangering oysters, seagrass and other marine life.
The Lake Okeechobee water spreads across the Indian River Lagoon like a shadow. From the sky the boundary between dark and aquamarine is clear.
Chuck Mitchell stands on his dock as the water rushes past. He is angry.
“Ever have to flush your toilet twice? It looks like the first time. It’s that bad.”