“…When the water clouds up, sunlight that seagrass requires in order to grow can’t reach the bottom plant — which is considered the linchpin of the marine food web.

Pollution from septic tanks, leaking sewer systems, too much fertilizer and other sources have hampered the lagoon’s natural ability to bounce back. “The Indian River Lagoon is an ecosystem that in essence has lost its resilience,…”

Brown Tide Returns to Indian River Lagoon, by Jim Waymer; read the full article here: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/environment/2016/03/11/brown-tide-keeps-clumping-up-indian-river-lagoon/81447322/