Meeting held to stop toxic runoff

Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM EST
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By Chris Stewart

JENSEN BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Army Corps of Engineers will look for public input Wednesday about the runoff of toxic water into the Treasure Coast.

The public hearing will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach.

It's estimated 136.1 billion gallons of runoff water from Lake Okeechobee went into the St. Lucie Estuary last year.

The fresh water picked up pesticides and toxins along the way that damaged the environment. The local oysters and seagrass were damaged.

The St. Lucie River Estuary includes the Indian River Lagoon.

The Army Corps of Engineers is working to divert the water runoff south away from the Treasure Coast.

A report is expected later in 2014 laying out that plan.

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