|Protesters stretch from Stuart to Jensen Beach at the August 11th rally|
Save the St. Lucie River and Martin County Wildlife: Part 2
Rally on beaches from Stuart to Jensen
According to the rally’s head organizer, Evan Miller, over 10,000 people joined arms at the August 11th rally to form a 3 1/2 mile human chain from Stuart to Jensen beach in protest against the Lake Okeechobee discharges that are killing local marine life and rendering the local waterways unusable for any kind of recreation. Local businesses that are dependent on the rivers are struggling to survive the crisis. While there’s no guarantee that the government will pay up, many local businesses are submitting a claim for lost wages against the Army Corps of Engineers, who are responsible for controlling the locks that allow the polluted water into the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. The disaster, although on a smaller scale, is said to be on par with major oil spills of the past.
Planning a trip to Florida’s Treasure Coast? Don’t expect to spend too much time in the water. Check out this video to find out why.
Save the St. Lucie River. Stop the Discharges.
|Protesters create elaborate signs for the event|
You can help
If you are registered in the state of Florida, you can help by signing the below petitions.
Anyone can help by donating here: http://www.riverscoalition.org