Lake Okeechobee: How low will it go?

OKEECHOBEE — How low will Lake Okeechobee go this year? On Saturday, May 2, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District increased flows from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a 7-day average rate of 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the benefit of the estuary. Lake Okeechobee is […]

Work starts EAA Reservoir STA project site

Work starts on EAA reservoir stormwater treatment area

LOSOM project delivery team meets online

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, announces the next Project Delivery Team (PDT) meeting for the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), to be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, as an online web meeting. LOSOM Project Delivery Team members and members of the public are […]

Corps to continue flows from lake to Caloosahatchee River

JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will continue flows from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a 7-day average rate of 457 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows to the St. Lucie estuary remain at zero cfs as measured at the St. Lucie Lock and […]

Corps’ decisions could impact lake’s future

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — As the current level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop, decisions made last week by government agencies could impact the big lake’s future. River restorationLast week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announced the approval of a planned temporary deviation to the 1981 Lake Kissimmee, Hatchineha and Cypress Interim Regulation […]

Fishing still good on the Big O; some SAV returning

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Mike Krause at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters reports fishing was good last week on the big lake. “Guys are catching a lot first thing in the morning,” he said. “We’re seeing more grass,” he said, referring to the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) that provides cover for spawning fish. He added the SAV is […]

Water managers ponder loss of wetlands

WEST PALM BEACH — The continued loss of South Florida’s wetlands was the topic of discussion at the April 8 South Florida Water Management District workshop. While the commissioners had different ideas on how to solve the problem, they seemed to agree on one point: What the state is doing now, is not working. Due […]

Lake suffering from lack of rainfall

WEST PALM BEACH — Water Year 2020, which started on May 1, 2019 ,and runs through April 30, 2020, has set records twice, with the driest September on record and the driest March in 89 years. Most of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is in moderate drought, according to the water conditions report […]

Lake lower; corps reduces flow to river

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — As Lake Okeechobee’s level continues to fall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the flow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River to the minimum of 457 cubic feet per second set by the South Florida Water Management District. Because the flow is measured at the Franklin Lock (which is […]

SFWMD workshop and April meeting to be online; Advance registration required on Zoom

WEST PALM BEACH — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings of the South Florida Water Management District will be online. Both the upcoming April Governing Board Workshop and Business Meeting will be held online only using Zoom. Participants must to pre-register with Zoom, a free online-meeting too, to view the meeting. You must register separately for each […]