Murky Ocean Water after Draining Lake Powell

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  1. Imperialegg

    Imperialegg Beach Comber

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    So, we have been informed that after a lot of heavy rain, some quantity of Lake Powell has to be drained into the ocean. Apparently this just happened recently within the last few day, and now the beautiful beach water around Inlet Beach is pea green instead of the usual crystalline turquoise. Does anyone know how long it typically takes for the gulf beaches close to Lake Powell drainage site that were affected to returns back to its cleaner, clearer state after a drainage event?
     

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  2. justhavinfun

    justhavinfun Beach Fanatic

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    Mother Nature will decide as depends on winds, tides, currents etc etc
     
  3. EZ4144

    EZ4144 Beach Lover

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    Go to the east side.
     
  4. Imperialegg

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    Right I know that, but I am asking if anyone knows the TYPICAL amount of days it takes to clear up from previous experience.
     
  5. Lady D

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    When is this picture from? Doesn't really look that bad.
     
  6. Imperialegg

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    Its VERY bad and its from TODAY, right off the live web cams from this website.
     
  7. Jimmy T

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    They had a no swimming health advisory at Grayton Beach today. High bacteria levels. Happens when we get lots of rain and the lakes break through to the gulf. Hope things clear up soon!
     
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    Once the outfall stops flowing it can clear up quickly.
     
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    We've been at Inlet Beach many times when that was open and flowing into the Gulf.
     
  10. Lake View Too

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    Eastern Lake and Deer Lake are having similar scenarios. If these lakes break out in concert with heavy rains, the tannin levels can go from "weak coffee" to hardcore "expresso" very quickly.
     
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    I like swimming in expresso
     
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    Funny that nobody frets about the lake water appearance when the clear ocean water flows into the lakes.:lol:
     
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    It all works out in the end.
     
  14. deborsk

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    It's Mother Nature at work. Have patience.
     

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