Toxic water rally: Human chain stretches from Jensen to Stuart Beaches

JENSEN BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Thousands turned out along the Treasure Coast beaches Sunday morning connecting with one another to fight the toxic water discharge.

Ashley Meade and her friends joined thousands at Stuart Beach to connect a human chain stretching three and a half miles to Jensen Beach.

Meade grew up on these waters. "We used to be able to go tubing, go to the sandbar, go snorkeling every summer, and this summer, we're getting engulfed in this whole slime," said Meade.

Organizers of the event, Citizens for Clean Water, also put on the rally last week at Phipps Park, and they're anticipating more protest.

Evan Miller said "From the east coast to the west coast, we want all the people to start organizing places we can go to the most impactful places to have our voices heard."

Local leaders are hoping state and federal authorities act now. Martin and St. Lucie County Commissioners have been pushing for Plan Six, which would move the water to the south.

Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky said district leaders plan to propose one solution at the next meeting. "We need to create fertilizer ordinances to stop fertilizers, liquid fertilizers during the rainy season. We have to change the way our storm basins are currently handling storm discharge," said Dzadovsky.

But like the other resolutions, he said, this one is not a quick fix. So the chain of hope continues on until there is one.

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