Prescribed burn planned on Lake Okeechobee

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) plans to conduct a prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee near Lakeport on May 6. This is a follow-up to the Northwest Marsh burn conducted in early March. The FWC, with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will act as burn manager, conducting the fire […]

Lake manual to consider entire system

WEST PALM BEACH — The Lake Okeechobee System Operations Manual (LOSOM) “is simply about the management of water in Lake Okeechobee,” said Col. Andrew Kelly, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the South Florida Ecosystem Task Force meeting on April 26. LOSOM does not include construction of new infrastructure, he said. “We will […]

Blue-green algae reported in waterways

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, reports are already coming in about algae bloom sightings. With those sightings come concerns about toxins. The bad news: Algae blooms have already been seen this year in Florida lakes, canals and rivers. The good news: So far, most of the algae tested in Lake […]

Low lake level puts boaters in jeopardy

CLEWISTON — The lowering of Lake Okeechobee’s level can have an effect on boaters even before it declines to under 11 feet, as the grounding of three teenage tourists’ vessel on Saturday, April 27, demonstrated. It also can dissuade even veteran fishermen from participating in an annual tournament event — the Roland Martin Marine Center […]

Lake area counties meet

The commissioners from all five of the Lake Okeechobee-area counties will gather in Okeechobee for a joint workshop/meeting on May 7. County commissioners and staff officials from Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties will meet at 6 p.m. next Tuesday in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall, 2800 U.S. 441 N., to discuss […]

Independent scientific study to consider lake schedule

The University of Florida Water Institute Team is conducting an independent scientific review to inform development of the new Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule. At their Jan. 10 meeting, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) board members approved a contract with the University of Florida Water Institute to conduct an independent scientific review to help […]

Legislators asked to #SlowTheFlow

TALLAHASSEE — On April 17, elected officials, business owners and North Florida college students originally from the Glades communities gathered in Waller Park at the Florida capitol to voice their support for state funding to expedite plans north of Lake Okeechobee to “slow the flow” of the untreated water flowing into Lake Okeechobee and affecting […]

Releases to ‘lower lake’ have little effect on Big O level

Residents on both coasts have what they asked for in regard to flow from Lake Okeechobee, at least for now. There has been no flow to the St. Lucie Canal from the lake since March 30. The target flow has been set at “zero” by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which controls that structure. […]

Blue-green algae: Can’t live with (too much of) it; can’t live without (enough of) it

Want to know what the world would be like without “blue-green algae”? Hold your breath for five minutes. Now make that 10 minutes. Now make that forever. Before cyanobacteria, there was no breathable oxygen on the planet. According to “the Rise of Oxygen,” published in 2003 by Astrobiology Magazine, “Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae became the […]

Tribe vows to protect their land

The Miccosukee Tribe’s opposition to the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir could delay federal permitting of the massive water structure, which will cover more than 10,000 acres and be surrounded by a dike that rises 37 feet into the air. Even if nothing goes wrong, and the reservoir operates as planned, it will increase water […]