Support food that fights climate change

By Lynetta Usher Griner, Jim Strickland, and Jack PayneSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News FLORIDA — As your farmers, foresters, ranchers, and agricultural scientists, we know you’re buying based on more than price. We see it when you spend extra for grass-fed beef, organic produce, or cage-free eggs. We believe there’s a market for food […]

Fried terminates contract with MacVicar Consulting

TALLAHASSEE – On Jan. 31, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried announced that she has chosen to terminate the contract of MacVicar Consulting, a longtime technical consultant to the Department. The firm had provided hydrological expertise to the department on various water projects. This included advising the Commissioner’s three appointments to […]

Life without Heartland Honor Band would ‘be flat’

LAKE PLACID — The 23rd Annual Heartland Honor Band Concert was held on Jan. 30, at the Genesis Center in Lake Placid. Providing educational services to the rural school districts of Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee for more than 20 years, the Heartland Educational Consortium gives selected students, from each of these six […]

SFWMD sends letters of support for LOWRP, Loxahatchee projects

WEST PALM BEACH Actions taken advance completion of EAA Reservoir Project, authorization of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project, development of Western Everglades Restoration Project and authorization of the Loxahatchee River Restoration Project The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) recently took several actions to advance four projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades […]

Lake predicted to be around 12 ft. by June 1

Lake marshes dry; there’s no food for Everglades Snail Kites PORT ST. LUCIE – Rainfall for the 2019-2020 Water Year has been slightly below average, according to the water conditions report presented by John Mitnik at the Feb. 1 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District governing board in Port St. Lucie. The month […]

June 1 lake level no guarantee on estuary releases

OKEECHOBEE – Is the June 1 level of Lake Okeechobee an indicator of coming lake releases? It’s not that simple according to lake level records from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It’s the rainfall after June 1 that makes the difference. During the Stuart City Commission meeting on Jan. 27 and again at the […]

SFWMD slow to support two CERP projects

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board that took office in 2019 has been in the news in recent months celebrating progress on Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects authorized by their predecessors. They were on hand for events at the C-44 and C-43 reservoir sites and have publicly congratulated themselves on “fast […]

Work continues on new lake schedule

WEST PALM BEACH — The Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual Project Delivery Team (PDT) continued the complicated process of finding the best balance for the lake regulation schedule at their Jan. 30 meeting at the South Florida Water Management District Office in West Palm Beach. LOSOM objectives include: • Manage risk to public health and […]

Update: Girls soccer around the lake this week

All around Lake Okeechobee girls soccer teams are preparing to end the regular season and take the first step into the postseason. Five of the six high schools in the area will be playing in the district playoffs this week. • Glades Day Lady Gators: The Glades Day Lady Gators have a 8-9-1 record this […]

Storage needed to address water woes

Concerned about harmful freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries? Don’t expect big changes with the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual, currently under development by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A recently released independent scientific review points out the problem: There just isn’t enough water storage north, south, east […]