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From The Fort Myers News Press:

The Caloosahatchee’s water is often compared to caffeinated drinks – tea, coffee or Coke.

Yet before the river was connected to Lake Okeechobee, it was gin-clear and sandy-bottomed.

Now, in addition to the tannic tint, puddingy muck blankets the river’s bed, just as it does the 730-square-mile lake’s.

The muck is from more than a century of nutrients washing into the lake from development and farm fields. Pollutants taint the spoiled egg-scented ooze, including arsenic and an estimated 51,000 tons of phosphorus.