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Old 07-17-2013, 08:54 AM   #1
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I go to crab island once every other month or so, sometimes more. I always check the tides to make sure (hope for) of an incoming tide so there is that crystal clear Gulf water coming up over the sandbar. Two weekends ago I went, tides were right, so I drove down the intracoastal from Navarre only to be met by the nastiest water I have EVER seen there! I assumed that it was river water (a brickish, redish color) from al the rain we had over the past few weeks. There was so much of it the incoming tide couldn't push it back! What a waste of time and money for this trip! The water being so messed up is 100 percent completely changed the way Crab Island looked and the entire atmosphere of the place!! I'm wanting to try this weekend again. Does anyone know what the status of the water is at Crab Island? Thanks for listening to me vent!!
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:09 AM   #2
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It's still dirty
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I go to crab island once every other month or so, sometimes more. I always check the tides to make sure (hope for) of an incoming tide so there is that crystal clear Gulf water coming up over the sandbar. Two weekends ago I went, tides were right, so I drove down the intracoastal from Navarre only to be met by the nastiest water I have EVER seen there! I assumed that it was river water (a brickish, redish color) from al the rain we had over the past few weeks. There was so much of it the incoming tide couldn't push it back! What a waste of time and money for this trip! The water being so messed up is 100 percent completely changed the way Crab Island looked and the entire atmosphere of the place!! I'm wanting to try this weekend again. Does anyone know what the status of the water is at Crab Island? Thanks for listening to me vent!!
The water here in orange beach looks like sweet tea as of yesterday afternoon. Meaning its still there.
Outside the pass you can see the dirty water meeting the clean water. Looks like oil meeting water. Black on one side and clear on the other. It goes for miles. I caught nothing trolling in the clear water
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Don't forget the 500k+ gals of waste water that spilled into the bay, watch out for floaters!!
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Don't forget the 500k+ gals of waste water that spilled into the bay, watch out for floaters!!
+1 on that... and the rain never stops... the bay just got another shower yesterday
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I crossed the Choctowhatchee River on Highway 20 yesterday. I have never seen it so high. The homes are not accessable, and the houseboats are tied to tree tops.

It will be awhile until all that water flushes out.

The Shoal at highway 85 was also impressively high.
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The "dirty" water you see after very heavy rains is more like a dye. It is tannic acid from the bark of all the pine trees we have here. It usually takes a pretty good down fall of rain to wash the tannic acid into the bays. If you look close at the water it is for the most part clear, just tinted or dyed a tea color.
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Tannin does give the water out of local streams the Tea color. Water coming down from the Choctawhatchee has now filled the bay and is full of mud and clay. It will take at least a month to clear and there will be times when the tide never flows into the bay. TS Alberto (1994) dropped 22 inches of rain in the Choctawhatchee River watershed. Water ran out of East Pass continually for 2 weeks. This latest event was around 12-14 inches in the watershed. Shit water from sewage spill is going west down the sound---look out Pcola.
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Don't forget the 500k+ gals of waste water that spilled into the bay, watch out for floaters!!

Just read in todays NWFDN that is was 1 million gallons released.
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That's alot of nasty stuff, I hope the tourist see the warnings, I know I wouldn't want my kids swimming in that stuff.
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