Caloosahatchee Estuary Elections 2016: Candidates and Advocates Make Lake Okeechobee’s Water A Major Election Issue By Topher Forhecz • Sep 18, 2016 Listen Listening... / Coffee-colored water gurgles near the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam. It flows down the Caloosahatchee River, roughly 30 miles from Fort Myers. Freshwater Flows May Be Causing Birds To Eat Harmful Fish By Jessica Meszaros • Jul 6, 2016 Listen Listening... / Hear the audio version of this story. Recent water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River could be the indirect cause of a disfigurement in some shore birds along Florida’s Gulf Coast. WGCU reported in March about royal terns spotted in Southwest Florida with, what looked like, possible third beaks. But experts now say those could actually be their tongues. Florida Launches Hotline For Residents To Report Algae Bloom By The Associated Press • Jul 5, 2016 WQCS The state has launched a hotline to help residents give updates on the massive algae bloom fouling some of Florida's southern rivers and beaches. Scott Declares Emergency Over Treasure Coast Algae Blooms By News Service of Florida • Jun 30, 2016 WQCS With widespread algae blooms causing beaches to be closed in Martin County, Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency for Martin and St. Lucie counties on Wednesday. State Water Policy Changes Begin To Flow By Jim Turner of the News Service of Florida • Oct 20, 2015 Florida Legislature Lawmakers appear closer to patching up differences on new statewide water policies which failed to advance earlier this year.