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Community members protest water quality at Franklin Lock and Dam

Posted at 2:05 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 07:08:22-04

Members of the Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement took went to the Franklin Lock and Dam to voice their concerns about the algae blooms affecting the water quality in Southwest Florida.

Demonstrators also collected samples of the water with plans to take it with them to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives. 

“The algae is covering the river as far as I can see it from where my sailboat is at when I wake up in the mornings”, said Craig Bellafotto. 

Bellafotto says the algae is keeping him from doing the things he used to enjoy doing. 

“I also like to go fishing and canoeing and do all the outdoorsy things that people like to do that I don't get to do right now”. 

Also, there was Chris Ford. He told Four in Your Corner that he's never seen the water as bad as it's been this summer.

“I’ve lived here my whole life so it’s, it just gets worse and worse each year”, he said. 

The Army Core of Engineers has announced they will be stopping the water releases from Lake Okeechobee.