The water surrounding Sanibel Island has changed colors. The water has gone from its regular blue-green, to a murky brown because of runoff from Lake Okeechobee releases.
Aerial image over Sanibel on May 31, 2018.
Aerial image over Sanibel on June 3, 2018.
LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Just days after federal officials began dumping excess water from Lake Okeechobee, the effects are being seen off Sanibel Island.
The city publishes interactive 360 degree aerial images taken over the Sanibel Lighthouse every few days, and the two most recent images show a drastic change.
The image taken just before high tide on May 31st,the day before the Lake Okeechobee discharges began, show green water in all directions.
But in the June 3rd image, also taken just before high tide, a defined color change line is visible, extending from Point Ybel off toward Fort Myers Beach.
On June 1st, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing billions of gallons of water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, in an effort to keep the lake at a safe level after recent heavy rains.
The Caloosahatchee River runs west-southwest into Lee County, and ends at San Carlos Bay, behind Sanibel Island.
For more 360 degree views from over Sanibel and information on water issues in the area, CLICK HERE.