Caloosahatchee Estuary

Coffee-colored water gurgles near the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam. It flows down the Caloosahatchee River, roughly 30 miles from Fort Myers.

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.


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

Jun 30, 2016

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

Oct 20, 2015
Florida Legislature

Lawmakers appear closer to patching up differences on new statewide water policies which failed to advance earlier this year.