Army Corps Admits to Dumping Toxic Water Into Florida Estuaries Without Telling Public

This is the first time the government has admitted it is happening, confirming what many have known for years.

By John Vibes, The Mind Unleashed

(TMU) — Last week, during a meeting of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, an Army Corps of Engineers official admitted that the agency has been dumping toxic water from Lake Okeechobee into local estuaries without any warning to the public.

For years, this has been an open secret among the area’s residents, who have seen the consequences of this policy on the region’s wildlife, but this is the first time the government has admitted that it is actually happening.

Republican Congressman Brian Mast questioned Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon of the Army Corps during the meeting, asking him about the water that was being diverted from Lake Okeechobee into estuaries on the coasts of Florida. Mast asked if the water that was dumped into the estuaries contained cyanobacteria.

“Has the Army Corps of Engineers transferred toxic water from Lake Okeechobee to the east through the C-44 [canal] into the St. Lucie Estuary and the Indian River Lagoon and to the west through the Caloosahatchee River?” Mast asked Spellmon.

Spellmon admitted that they were aware that the water was “toxic” and often created “harmful algae blooms.”

After the meeting, the agency made an official announcement stating that they would be stopping the practice immediately.

“[Now] that the Army Corps acknowledges that the water they are discharging is toxic, they cannot continue to willfully and knowingly poison our community,” the announcement said, according to Miami New Times.

According to Politico journalist Michael Grunwald, the government began diverting water from the lake nearly a century ago, after a hurricane caused a flood that killed thousands of people.

“Back in 1928, a major hurricane hit an already full Lake Okeechobee and burst the dikes, killing thousands of people. Since then, the government diverts water during the wet season to prevent another event like that from happening,” Grunwald explains.

Still, Grunwald says that the Army Corps should have notified the public about what they were doing.

Critics and environmental advocates have pointed out that government officials often turn a blind eye to water pollution in the state.

Environmentalists say that Florida politicians are failing to enforce the “polluter pays” amendment that was voted into the state constitution in 1996. If properly enforced, polluters would be held financially responsible for their environmental impact.

“You have a major industry that is saying, ‘We are so powerful we don’t want to pay for our pollution treatment. … Taxpayers, you are going to pay for it. Tough luck,’” said Albert Slap, board member for the Friends of the Everglades environmental group.

By John Vibes | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

While you’re here…
…We have a tiny favor to ask of you. Government think tanks have teamed up with social media companies and Google to censor independent media websites and government criticism. Despite this big tech crackdown on the free press, we have been very fortunate, and tens of thousands of people continue to read The Mind Unleashed every single day. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.. And because we value open and accessible information for all, we would never hide our content behind a paywall. Unlike Fox News or CNN, our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. We are not subject to the whims of billionaire shareholders. We are editorially independent, and that makes websites like this an important part in the war for truth and justice. Hopefully we’re wrong, but without your help, we’re afraid big tech companies may soon make The Mind Unleashed algorithmically disappear from the Internet. We need your support to keep delivering quality independent news. Every contribution, big or small, will go directly into funding independent journalism. Thank you. Click here to support us

Share your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.