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Once considered the most biologically diverse estuary in all of North America, here you can learn more about the complex issues that surround the degradation of the Saint Lucie River Estuary. The environmental crisis we find ourselves facing did not occur overnight. It has been over fifty years in the making.

Here you can find out how it all began, what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done, what it means to the environment, to marine life, to the economy and to you.


Alarming Methylmercury Threat Exposed

Mercury and Methylmercury in the Everglades (26 pgs)
2011 Advisories (29 pgs)

The Phosphorus Bomb

The Phosphorus Bomb (3 pgs)

Water Quality Anaylysis Report

Mucking Up Our St. Lucie River (35 pgs)

St. Lucie River’s Decline

8 Part Report Series by Bud Jordan – Full Report
Part 1 The St. Lucie River was a freshwater river emptying into the brackish Indian River Lagoon before the first "permanent" inlet was opened by local businessmen in 1898.
Part 2 The St. Lucie River Initiative was formed in 1991 by local businessmen frustrated because the River continued to decline in environmental health. This despite 21
Part 3 The first column of this series focused on the history of the St. Lucie River and reasons for its decline from 1900 through 1990. The second focused on how widely supported
Part 4 In our last column we described how the extensive local efforts over the past 15 years to clean up the St. Lucie River have been completely negated by damages done the
Part 5 Many wonder why excess Lake Okeechobee waters are not sent south to the Everglades. There are existing canals going from Lake O to the Everglades, and there
Part 6 In our last column we discussed how federal protection of Everglades water quality resulted in construction of stormwater treatment areas (STA’s), how Everglades
Part 7 In the last column we discussed how providing the Everglades Agricultural Area with perfect irrigation and drainage controls all water management policy around it, and why
Part 8 The main obstacle to obtaining a Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule that treats the coastal estuaries as valuable environmental and economic assets rather than as toilets