Crystal River should change its name to Emerald River.
I've seen King's Bay murky at high tide, but never seen the water this green. Even Hunter Springs was green.
Is it all the rain?...or something more ominous?
Homosassa River, at least near the headwaters, seems ok.
I find my peace out on the sand...Beside the sea, not beyond or behind. R.A. Britt
I remember how Crystal River and the Homosassa used to look years ago and it hurts my heart every time I see them now. The spring holes and runs used to be blue.
Silver Springs has a dramatically reduced flow, maybe not officially noted, but it's obvious from the older water lines on the rock walls. (and it's not a tidal area ) The Silver River seems to be a dead-zone, the bottom is covered with slime, the grasses are covered with slime...though the water is still blue and fairly clear, it's not the same river teeming with fish that it was just a decade or so ago. (and it's certainly not from fishing pressure!)
The lakes around here have been steadily dropping since the mid-sixties...there's harvestable timber growing in places where we used to catch bass. I know things like water levels change over time...but I can't help but wonder if we've finally gone too far.
Does anyone think the river will 'come back'?...it's shockingly green.
We've lived in N. Central Fl over 40 years, before that, Tampa. When I was a younger girl than I am now, we'd swim and crab in waters that I wouldn't stick my big toe in today.
I can't see any practical solutions.
Tearing down existing homes, forcing people to move away, forbidding motor traffic on the river...none of those are practical. The Silver River is suffering, and nobody lives along that river. Citrus County is taking some hits to its economy, so I hear...I don't think further hits will solve the problem. It might help if seawalls are torn down and natural shorelines restored, and it might help if all homes are on a central sewer system...but I can't imagine the cost, and it certainly won't be financed by a depressed economy...those would be just local solutions anyway, and won't improve the overall health of the aquifer.
It's ridiculous how much of our water goes to keep the grass green...now we've greened up the water, too.