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SPECIAL REPORT: LAKE APOPKA PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Muir   
Sunday, December 30 2007
Pollution continues to plague Lake Apopka, but plans for restoration are on fast track

Optimists predicted six years ago that Lake Apopka, long known as the state's most polluted large lake, would be ready for swimmers by 2007.

It's not going to happen.

Lake Apopka is still plagued by unhealthy levels of algae, a fish population dominated by scavenger breeds and a bottom layer of rank ooze that has reduced the lake's depth to less than 6 feet on average.

There are no precedents and no guidebooks for restoring a devastated 30,000-acre lake. Fertilizer-laden water and raw sewage were dumped in it for decades. Much of Lake Apopka's tormented biology remains a mystery to those charged with the task of cleaning it. Scientists predict their current efforts will take at least two more decades.

Despite the environmental obstacles, champions of the lake say rapid residential development in the area has put the lake on a faster track for restoration as a recreation destination.

For more details, see the Orlando Sentinel article .
 
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