Corps on lake issues: Trust us’

OKEECHOBEE – What will happen with the lake level this year? Next year? What will happen when the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) goes into effect in 2022? County representatives at the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon had […]

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 […]

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 […]

Northern storage key to reducing Lake O discharges

OKEECHOBEE — How much additional storage would it take to prevent harmful freshwater flows from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal estuaries? Let’s do the math. During the 2018-2019 dry season, when the corps was actively trying to lower the lake in order to allow the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) to recover from the damage left […]

Day 3 of TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeastern Regional under way on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — Mark Pierce of Cadiz, Ky., who lead the tournament with 23 pounds 12 ounces on Day 1 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeastern Regional on Lake Okeechobee, experienced less productivity on Day 2 with only a 10-pound limit. His two-day total of 33-12 temporarily regained the lead but soon yielded to successively […]

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 […]

Stuart seeks lawsuit to lower lake

STUART — The Stuart City Commission moved forward with their plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after a lengthy discussion at their Jan. 27 meeting. While they agreed they want to sue, they have not yet determined the exact language of the lawsuit or the scope of their demands. […]

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 […]