State allocates $5.2 million in Lake Okeechobee water quality research grants

TALLAHASSEE — On July 28, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $5 million in grant funding will be awarded to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) as part of Florida’s continued efforts to protect water quality and the Sunshine State’s natural resources. The two grant […]

Warnings for blue-green algae toxins to be at minimal ‘detectable’ level

TALLAHASSEE — The July 29 meeting of the Florida Blue Green Algae Task Force tackled the questions of how to educate the public about the toxins that may be present in algae blooms, and how algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee could affect the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decisions about lake releases. The task force […]

Algae at Pahokee Marina under study, city says

PAHOKEE — The City of Pahokee’s official Facebook page featured a notice July 21 from City Manager Chandler Williamson regarding the situation with algae swirling at the city’s marina and nearby on Lake Okeechobee. It read: “This season the algae bloom has been one of Florida’s most active in and around Lake Okeechobee. Over the […]

Col. Kelly: ‘Everything is looking good’ on lake level

JACKSONVILLE — Lake Okeechobee is slowly but steadily rising, and “everything is looking good,” Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, reported July 23 during a media phone conference. He said the corps has no plans to make any changes to the current lake schedule this year. Beneficial releases […]

SFWMD battles melaleuca around Lake Okeechobee

The South Florida Water Management District continues to battle invasive melaleuca trees around Lake Okeechobee, according to the report given by Alex Onisko at the July 28 Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force meeting. Over the past two years, SFWMD has treated melaleuca trees with teams on foot and by swamp buggy. In […]

Mechanical harvesters to return to Lake O

Mechanical harvesters will return to Lake Okeechobee in the next few months, according to information shared at the July 28 virtual meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force. The harvesters are currently working on Lake Kissimmee. They were preapproved to use the harvesters in the Indian Prairie Canal but ran into […]

UF researchers investigate herbicide residues in lake sediment

Does the residue from herbicides used to control invasive aquatic plants build up in the sediment on the bottom of the Big Lake? During the July 28 virtual meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force, Dr. Jason Ferrell at the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, University of Florida, Institute of […]

Researchers study algal bloom at Pahokee marina

VICKSBURG, Miss.— Researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) conducted a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) study at the Pahokee Marina on Lake Okeechobee, Florida, on July 14. With a HAB present at the marina, a peroxide-based algaecide (PAK 27), registered for use in public waters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

Test done on Harmful Algal Bloom at Pahokee marina

VICKSBURG, Miss.— Researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) conducted a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) study at the Pahokee Marina on Lake Okeechobee, Florida, on July 14. With a HAB present at the marina, a peroxide-based algaecide (PAK 27), registered for use in public waters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

Corps plans ‘deviations’ to prevent releases when cyanobacteria is present

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use “deviations” to the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) to reduce releases of lake water through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries if there are cyanobacterial blooms in the lake. In a July 21 webinar, Savannah Lacy, of the USACE Jacksonville District Water Management Section, […]