Tourism is a vital industry in Martin County that depends on the support of our local community. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us in protecting our paradise, and we urge you to stand with us in the meantime by continuing to support our many locally owned, tourism-dependent businesses. We are actively promoting the many areas of our county that are untouched and open for business, including attractions, shopping, arts, and events.
As we work to protect our paradise, it is important that we remember and share the things we love most about Martin County. While our waterways are threatened, there are still countless activities to enjoy in the area.
Unusually heavy rainfall in our area has resulted in large volumes of freshwater being discharged from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River and Estuary.
Water runoff from the river watershed and freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee is causing the color. This freshwater contains tannins from plants and other organic material that give the water a darker color.
That depends on the current and projected weather conditions, as well as conditions in the tributaries that flow into Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie River. Because of the higher than normal rainfall through the beginning of the rainy season system-wide, water releases from Lake Okeechobee will likely continue. If the lake releases are stopped, conditions could improve in a relatively short period of time.
The Office of Tourism and Marketing is diligently continuing to promote Martin County. We are working closely with County staff and officials to remain informed about water conditions.
Martin County staff is in daily contact with the Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Health and other agencies regarding the releases.
Should water conditions changes signs will be posted for safety.
Tourism is a vital industry in Martin County and we urge you to stand together with us in helping support our local businesses during these challenging times.