To lower the lake, where would water go?

Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast have proposed a new schedule for the operation of Lake Okeechobee that would lower the lake to 10.5 feet by the end of May, in order to leave enough capacity in the lake at the start of the wet season to prevent the need for any lake […]

‘Slow the flow’ to reduce algae blooms, harmful discharges and invasive plants

OKEECHOBEE — Want to stop harmful algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee? Want to reduce the growth of nonnative invasive plants — and the need to use chemical herbicides to control invasive plants — in the lake? Want to control the lake level to reduce the need for harmful freshwater releases to the coastal estuaries? Lake […]

To lower Lake Okeechobee, where would the water go?

Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast have proposed a new schedule for the operation of Lake Okeechobee that would lower the lake to 10.5 feet by the end of May, in order to leave enough capacity in the lake at the start of the wet season to prevent the need for any lake […]

Corps of Engineers attempts to lower lake level

Be careful what you wish for. Since the election, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Brian Mast have been lobbying to lower Lake Okeechobee during the dry season, in order leave more capacity in the lake for wet-season rain and reduce or prevent the need to release freshwater from the lake to the coastal estuaries during […]

FWC asked to change dynamic in managing aquatic plants

GAINESVILLE — Population growth in Florida has caused increased problems with invasive aquatic plants, Kipp Frohlich, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) director of Habitat and Species Conservation, explained at the Feb. 22 FWC meeting in Gainesville. “People want to live near and on the water,” said Mr. Frohlich. “People want to live close […]

Corps attempting to lower Lake Okeechobee level

OKEECHOBEE — Be careful what you wish for. Since the election, Gov. Ron Desantis and Congressman Brian Mast has been lobbying to lower Lake Okeechobee during the dry season, in order leave more capacity in the lake for wet season rain and reduce or prevent the need to release freshwater from the lake to the […]

Stuart residents want zero releases from lake

STUART — Stuart area residents who spoke out at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public hearing on Tuesday agreed on their goal for the new schedule for the operation of Lake Okeechobee. For them, the only acceptable number of releases from the lake to the St. Lucie Canal at Port Mayaca is zero. The […]

Local leaders fear potential disaster if Lake O’s level is pushed lower

CLEWISTON — Concern is growing around Lake Okeechobee that those pushing for rethinking the 12-to-15.5-foot lake levels that have been the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) guideline for years, fully intend to establish a new low target level of 10.5 feet during the driest part of the year. Voices are beginning to rise in this […]

Local leaders fear potential disaster if Lake O’s level is pushed lower

CLEWISTON — Concern is growing around Lake Okeechobee that those pushing for rethinking the 12-to-15.5-foot lake levels that have been the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) guideline for years, fully intend to establish a new low target level of 10.5 feet during the driest part of the year. Voices are beginning to rise in this […]

Humans: The most ‘harmful invasive’ of all? Human waste adds millions of pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen to Florida’s ecosystems

OKEECHOBEE — For decades, South Florida has been plagued by harmful invasive plants and animals that wreak havoc on the native ecosystems. Waterways are choked with hydrilla, originally imported from Asia for aquariums. Melaleuca, imported from Australia in a misguided plan to “drain the swamp,” grows so thick it squeezes out native vegetation and animals. […]