Suggestion: Use water farm to divert C-44 flow

PORT MAYACA — For most of the rainy season, water from the St. Lucie Canal, also called the C-44 Canal, “backflowed” into Lake Okeechobee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tries to keep the C-44 at 14 to 14.5 feet above sea level. When the canal level is higher than the lake level, if the […]

Rapidly rising lake could damage SAV

FDEP report: Lake water samples have no toxins LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Recent rainfall in the watersheds north and east of Lake Okeechobee have sent billions of gallons of water into the lake, causing it to rise quickly … maybe a little too quickly for the lake’s recovering submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). Anglers on both ends […]

Lake level rising, no algal blooms reported

Recent rainfall has caused Lake Okeechobee to rise. While the lake has “potential” for blue green algal blooms, there were no reports of algal blooms last week. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) tests of water in Lake Okeechobee found no toxins or barely detectable low levels (within the standard allowed for drinking water.) The […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hemp plants proposed to clean nutrients from water

OKEECHOBEE — Could floating mats of vegetation be used to clean excess phosphorus and nitrogen from Florida waterways and lakes, using a plant that can be harvested and sold? That’s what Steve Edmonds of Hemp4Water hopes to achieve. In a few months, he hopes to have approval for a research project on Lake Okeechobee’s Rim […]

Submerged aquatic vegetation in lake shows signs of recovery

OKEECHOBEE — Lake Okeechobee’s submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) is showing signs of recovery, according to information shared at the Aug. 8 meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force, representatives from the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District. The meeting was […]

Muck removal projects planned for lake

OKEECHOBEE — If the level of Lake Okeechobee is low next year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will be ready to take advantage of the opportunity to remove muck and improve the habitat on Lake Okeechobee. At the Aug. 8 meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force Alyssa Jordan of […]

Views at odds with conventional wisdom

CLEWISTON — Some of Ramon Iglesias’s opinions fly against prevailing winds: • Mechanical harvesting — “This past week, they (FWC) had a company named Weedoo out here, and I was not part of that, but they did have about 30 people from FWC and the biologists, University of Florida’s IFAS department, they were out here […]

Iglesias named to Lake O plant management panel

CLEWISTON — Ramon Iglesias, general manager of the Martin Marina & Resort and a co-founder of Anglers for Lake Okeechobee, has gained a seat at the table as Florida undertakes an in-depth look at aquatic plant management. That’s something his boss, resort owner Mary Ann Martin, has been clamoring for over the past several years, […]