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Over the last two decades, the environmental crisis of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee has continued to worsen and dominate local headlines. The lake is the nation’s second largest freshwater lake, but due to years of engineering missteps, political issues and developers, it’s been producing massive amounts of toxic algae that have closed beaches, destroyed businesses, and poisoned swimmers.
The Weather Channel's digital team, led by correspondent Kait Parker, takes a closer look at the history of Lake Okeechobee and the future implications of this toxic algae pollution in “Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee.”
The project breaks down the many elements of a complicated issue, from weather and pollution to the missteps of the local sugar industry and government. "Toxic Lake" features a documentary hosted by Weather Channel meteorologist Kait Parker, plus an article by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and co-producer Marcus Stern.
“Toxic Lake” is the latest endeavor by The Weather Channel to explore the intersection of weather, the environment, and social justice.
Over the past three years, the company has garnered nearly 50 awards for its reporting, including an Emmy Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) medal, a George Polk Award and Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards.
See more of our long-form journalistic work at films.weather.com.
Correspondent: Kait Parker
Produced and Directed by Spencer Wilking
Executive Producers: Greg Gilderman, Shawn Efran, Neil Katz
Producers: Kait Parker, Marc Stern, Craig Wilson
Director of Photographis: Andy Bowley
Editor: Conor Flynn
Finishing Editing: Brandon Kieffer
Assistant Editor: Jake Cummins
Drone Operator: Alex Mandiola
Additional Camera: Spencer Wilking
Graphics: Dorian Orange