Billions of gallons of water from Lake Okeechobee mixed with stormwater runoff from yards and streets have left the Indian River Lagoon so contaminated that organizers of the Treasure Coast Challenge triathlon this weekend have moved the race to cleaner waters.
The 1,500-meter swim portion of the race was planned to begin at East Island Park under the Stuart Causeway but health advisories issued in local waterways prompted race organizers to move the race 3 miles north to Jensen Beach. Athletes will now swim in the ocean rather than the lagoon.
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