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Photo contest hoping to raise Lake O awareness

Posted at 7:36 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 18:02:23-05
SOUTHWEST, Fla. - Captains for Clean Water have launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of what Lake Okeechobee discharges are doing to the local ecosystem.
 
“We're inviting people by land and by sea to go out and take photos of what is unnatural, what you're seeing now with the cause of the discharge,” said Blake Matherly, a local charter boat captain and member of the Captains for Clean Water.
 
People who post their pictures or videos before 6pm on Tuesday will be eligible to win $500 cash, according to their Facebook Page. The second place prize is a pair of Smith Chromapop sunglasses. For third place, the winner gets a TFO 7'11" H spinning rod.
 
"The visual part of it is extremely important because you can actually see the devastation. Lots of people just hear about it but seeing the photos of it makes a big difference," Matherly said.
 
The Captains for Clean Water aren’t the only ones pushing for pictures. The Save Our Estuaries page of Facebook is also collecting photos with the same goal.
 
Their intention is that the collective gathering of pictures will speak loud and clear to our elected leaders,
 
"We need to demand our legislators to take the funds from Amendment 1, buy that land, filter that water and send it south so it helps the southern part of Florida and it helps the east and west coast from having the effects of what we have today," Matherly said.