Lake level ‘deviation’ is calculated risk State and federal agencies meet Tuesday

The “deviation” plan for Lake Okeechobee proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would allow the corps to release less water east to the St. Lucie Canal and west to the Caloosahatchee River when harmful algal blooms (HABs) are present and more water when there are no HABs present. That means fewer releases in […]

SFWMD advances Everglades Agricultural Area resevoir project

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) continues expediting progress on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project. At last week’s Governing Board meeting, Executive Director Drew Bartlett announced the District had successfully submitted a federal permit application for the construction of the 6,500-acre Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) associated with the […]

Glades residents celebrate

BELLE GLADE — Glades Region schools celebrated on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Belle Glade Marina with food, music, face painting and more. Belle Glade, South Bay, Pahokee and Canal Point residents were invited to celebrate all of the schools in the Glades Region earning a grade rating of C or better. Face painting was […]

Flow from St. Lucie Canal could be feeding algae in lake

PORT MAYACA — In previous years, coastal residents have often blamed Lake Okeechobee for the algal blooms that plagued their waterways. This year, the Big O may be protecting the estuaries from lower salinity levels conducive to algal blooms. Untreated, unfiltered, nutrient-laden runoff from the C-44 basin in Martin County continued to pour into Lake […]

4-H clubs ready for new school year

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County 4-H Clubs offer a variety of activities and programs for the 2019-2020 school year. “Our new 4-H year begins Sept. 1, so there may be some changes to this list as the clubs renew,” explained Noelle Guay, Palm Beach County 4-H extension agent. “We just hired a new […]

SFWMD considers changes to nutrient load regulations

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District governing board is considering changes to the phosphorus and nitrogen reduction rules in the northern Everglades. At their Aug. 8 meeting at the SFWMD district office in West Palm Beach, Steffany Olson, SFWMD Science Supervisor, explained the process for amending the Florida Statutes related to […]

Quantum Foundation invests in county’s health

WEST PALM BEACH — The board of trustees of Quantum Foundation, under the chairmanship of Ethel Isaacs Williams, recently approved 12 new grants totaling more than $1.1 million to Palm Beach County-based nonprofits. Quantum Foundation’s mission is to fund initiatives that improve the health of Palm Beach County residents. In 1998, Quantum Foundation marked its […]

SFWMD will increase water monitoring

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District plans to increase the number of water testing sites, how frequently the samples will be taken and the number of tests run on each sample under a plan outlined at the Aug. 8 meeting of the SFWMD governing board. Dr. Susan Gray, bureau chief, SFWMD […]

Okeechobee Retired Educators starts new year with meeting Aug. 12

Behavioral Health Fair setOKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School District and Okeechobee Children’s Mental Health System of Care will hold a Behavioral Health Provider Fair on Friday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Ave. Learn about behavioral health services available to children in the […]

Climate-smart farming should be encouraged

Guest CommentaryBy Lynetta Usher Griner, Jim Strickland and Jack Payne Special to the Lake Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE — It’s the people who feed, clothe and shelter you speaking. We need to talk. We’ve been busy producing food and fiber as well as the science to limit farming’s footprint. Now we’re talking about farming’s role in […]