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'Last living coral reef in North America could become extinct'
RAMROD KEY, FL – ‘If only we could go back in time.’
That is the daily motto for a Florida Atlantic University Harbor Scientist.
Dr. Brian LaPointe is racing against the clock to save a coral reef in the Florida Keys and he is not doing it quietly.
The scientist broke his silence, recently releasing three decades worth of data to prove just how we are killing the reef.
It is one for sure place where nature and divers meet- Big Pine Key. Here, boats at Looe Key Reef Resort carry 20,000 divers a year to a place known as the crown jewel of the Florida Keys, but some do not see it that way.
To fully understand what has happened here, you have to talk to one man who is bringing a secret to the surface and he says he has the science to prove it.
“It breaks my heart, it’s one of the greatest disappointments of my 40-year career,” LaPointe said.
LaPointe recently released a 30-year study of data and video showing what no one wants to see or hear. He says sadly, virtually all the coral is gone and it is down to less than 5% now.
Looe Key Reef is the last living reef in North America and according to LaPointe, it is on the verge of extinction.
Nitrogen levels have doubled over the years according to his research.
Coral bleaching, septic discharge, even a new disease called stony coral tissue loss are all contributors to the coral decline.
But, LaPointe’s cumulative data shows one primary issue coming from one consistent place- southern discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
Water released to the south heads straight into the Everglades toward the Florida Bay and into the lower keys.
LaPointe said his data can prove this water, loaded with nitrogen, has slowly suffocated Looe Key Reef.
He just took his research and frustration to the floor of the state legislature speaking to lawmakers hoping to reverse a trend and keep the reef a destination for divers.
Each day now represents a day lost for these locals watching a reef die a slow death knowing when it is gone, the dive plan could change.
“We really need an epiphany to rethink what we’re doing to the water down here,” LaPointe said.
Corals like clean water, so LaPointe’s answer is to store water from Lake Okeechobee north of the lake and clean it. This way when it flows south it is not full of nitrogen or nutrients.
However, his biggest opponent is time. By the time anything is done to reverse the trend, LaPointe fears the reef could be completely dead. ...