Sanibel /Captiva Island Murky water from Lake Okeechobee

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  1. FeLizDream

    FeLizDream Member GOLD Sponsor

    204
    Jun 28, 2015
    Marco Island Yacht Club, FL
    2001 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge, with engine synchronizer.
    Cummins 6cta 450 HP, prop 22 Lx 23" L cup.
    I used to love Sanibel island, I had my boat in Sanibel marina for over 3 years, but the last year 2016 the waters in Sanibel are Murky dark water, with red tide and plenty of dead fishes.
    "A second bad result of the heavy rains caused by a stronger El Nino weather system was the filling of Lake Okeechobee and the urgency from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to unleash its muddy and murky waters into the Caloosahatchee River, as well as watershed runoff from surrounding areas which led directly to the beaches of Sanibel. The threat of damage to the levies after Lake Okeechobee reached over 16-feet high, forced the release into the Calooshatchee and St. Lucie Rivers. The Calooshatchee sustained most of the drainage, since it is the larger of the two. -


    See more at:

    http://www.captivasanibel.com/page/content.detail/id/527826.html#sthash.Q3fv2XKh.dpuf"

    It was no longer enjoyable to keep the Boat at Sanibel marina, so we decided to look around In Marco Island, FL, for my surprise the water is clean ad pristine, plenty of places to go and closer to my home in Pembroke Pines, FL.

    We found a super clean Marina, Marco Island Marina Yacht Club, with recently build floating docks and pump out on each dock row.

    We miss Sanibel an Captiva Island but we don't miss the murky waters caused by the runoff waters of lake Okeechobee...

    We are enjoying our new marina, and all the new places to go, don't miss to visit the Dome Houses at cape Romano, nice adventure, plenty of places and 10,000 thousand islands to go...

    Below is a picture of the murky waters at Sanibel Island, FL
     

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    Last edited: May 16, 2016
  2. rmlsll

    rmlsll Member

    132
    Oct 11, 2009
    Saugatuck MI / Cape Coral FL
    340 Sundancer 2004 /
    240 Sundeck 2007 /
    10' Zodiac
    Twin 8.1 merc,. V-Drive /
    5.0 merc., bravo 3
    I was on the Caloosahatchee River a couple weeks ago and it looked waaaaaay better compared to this winter.
     
  3. FeLizDream

    FeLizDream Member GOLD Sponsor

    204
    Jun 28, 2015
    Marco Island Yacht Club, FL
    2001 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge, with engine synchronizer.
    Cummins 6cta 450 HP, prop 22 Lx 23" L cup.
    How is the water now?
    We must find a solution to this big problem,


    FeLiz Dream
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  4. LiquidWrench

    LiquidWrench Member

    88
    Sep 6, 2014
    Marco Island, FL
    1972 SRV 240 weekender, 1980 260 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 888 (240), Twin 470's (260)
    I'm coming down to Marco in a few weeks for a visit and will be moving there permanently sometime in Sept. My boat being smaller will probably either be kept on a trailer or in covered rack storage.
     
  5. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    Big sugar is running the show. They own the governing body in charge of lake O releases. Sanibel, Fort Myers, Cape Coral all went to a pow wow last winter to stop the releases. Bottom line was "sorry, **** runs down hill" end of story. What really pisses me off is that they will increase my property taxes again this year.
     
  6. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    The dark water or tea colored water color is a result of tanins from decaying vegitation in the run-off from the watershed upstream. Although nothing like the Okeechobee, the area here in NW Fla is also a large estuary and upstream watershed. When Alabama and Georgia get 6-8 inches of rain in a week, we get the same result. It is a natural occurrence and unless you can get the good Lord to make it not rain, it is going to happen occasionally. We had horrible water color for about 6 weeks this spring after a large rain event, but normal tidal activity eventually flushes it out. The water here has been beautiful since about Memorial Day.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2016
  7. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    The tannic acid will stain your rib. Learned that the hard way.

    Mark
     
  8. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    Lake O has a much bigger problem than tannic acid. It's heavily polluted with fertilizer sewage and manure creating high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen. The water needs to be cleaned up. Already several county's declaring an emergency because of the toxic algae bloom. Plus they have an aging dyke that's not capable of maintaining a higher lake level. Situation has been neglected for way too long
     
  9. Z-Worthy

    Z-Worthy Member

    377
    Jun 20, 2014
    Sandusky, OH
    1997 400 DA
    300hp CAT 3116s
    Just be glad you guys aren't up here on Lake Erie.... :wow:

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  10. FeLizDream

    FeLizDream Member GOLD Sponsor

    204
    Jun 28, 2015
    Marco Island Yacht Club, FL
    2001 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge, with engine synchronizer.
    Cummins 6cta 450 HP, prop 22 Lx 23" L cup.
    Lake Erie, you have a similar problem , wow, this fertilizers are very bad for lakes and ocean.



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