FORT MYERS, FL.--It's night and day. The water across southwest Florida back to clear green and blue.
"It's cleared up. It looks pretty good right now," said local fisherman Nancy Landrus.
But just last summer it was a much different sight. The water looked murky, like strongly brewed coffee. The incredibly wet rainy season led to major fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee.
"It turned people off, they spent a lot of money to come here, they expected the aqua colored water and it's not here," said local business owner Bryan Hayes.
Now, all eyes are on this year. The Army Corps of Engineers tells WINK News Lake "O" is at it's lowest level since tropical storm Isaac in 2012.
It will take longer to fill up this rainy season, that's the good news.
However, environmental experts in southwest Florida say there hasn't been much work done to divert Lake Okeechobee's water away from southwest Florida. If we see rain levels like last year, many are worried our water will turn brown once again.
"It guess it could happen again. We don't like that," said Landrus.
"People come here and spend their money and if they don't spend their money I cant support my family," said Hayes.