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Dredging Project Stirs Up Old Complaints
Lake Placid, a 27,600-acre lake in Florida used to have a sand bottom and plenty of fish. Now, the spraying of invasive plants has deposited sediment from the vegetation after they decompose, creating a layer of silt that is almost 2 feet deep in some places. The silt stirs up in the water when boats pass, releasing a bad odor, making the water murky, and clogging boat engines.

Organic muck from the canals along the lake will be dredged and dumped at approved locations. Many are happy with the action, but others feel that as long as the spraying continues there will eventually be a new layer of sediment.

 
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