Lykes project to clean water before it enters lake

OKEECHOBEE — A new project to clean water before it goes into Lake Okeechobee will use plants to remove excess phosphorus and nitrogen. The Brighton Valley Northern Everglades Project is a public-private partnership between Lykes Brighton Valley LLC, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and Florida […]

Reservoir plan faces ‘speed bumps’ and potential ‘brick wall’

OKEECHOBEE — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir plan proposed by Florida Senate Bill 10 in 2016 has been approved by Congress and President Donald Trump. It awaits a federal funding appropriation. At the Nov. 8 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, SFWMD General Counsel Brian Accardo said there are other […]

Work begins on EAA reservoir project

OKEECHOBEE — On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the South Florida Water Management District began work on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir, as heavy equipment began clearing 560 acres of sugar cane. “We are moving at lightning speed while fulfilling all the requirements of state law because we know how important this project is to the […]

Land slated for EAA reservoir leased for farming

OKEECHOBEE — The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Governing Board voted Nov. 8 to approve an eight-year lease with Florida Crystals on 16,150 acres of state land in the footprint of the future site of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir. After 20 months, SFWMD can terminate the lease with four months’ notice, if […]

Lake level critical to improving aquatic vegetation

OKEECHOBEE — Maintaining the lake level below 15.5 ft. is key to restoring native aquatic plants in Lake Okeechobee according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) report given at the Nov. 8 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners.That’s the message local officials hope to spread statewide. “We need to be very […]

Everglades Skyway to increase water flow south

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — With the second phase of work to raise portions of the Tamiami Trail near completion, on Oct. 30, Gov. Rick Scott announced that he is directing an immediate $3.5 million investment by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to start work on the final phase of the major Everglades restoration project to […]

Clean water flowing to the Everglades; More work needed to clean water north of the lake

OKEECHOBEE — Ninety percent of the water going into the Everglades Protection is below 10 parts per billion (PPB) phosphorus. The Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs), Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) and Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) south of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) are a success story, according to a report given Nov. 1 by Stuart Van […]

Anglers for Lake O unite to refute coastal media’s nonsense

CLEWISTON — Ramon Iglesias, as general manager of Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort, hears all the varying points of view day after day about Lake Okeechobee discharges and the summer of 2018’s uproar on the coasts regarding blue-green algae (east) and foul red tide (west), supposedly caused by polluted lake water sent […]

Cyanobacteria bloom lessens in Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — The cyanobacteria bloom on Lake Okeechobee continues to be present in about 345 square miles of the Big O, but the density has decreased, according to the computer imagery taken by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration on Oct. 25. The image shows cyanobacteria (also known as “blue-green algae”) in about 63 percent […]

Finalists named in George Barley Water Prize contest; solutions sought to reduce phosphorus in waterways

MIAMI — After more than two years of testing their technologies in laboratories and in the field, the four finalists in The George Barley Water Prize — a $10 million incentive award to find a new technology capable of removing phosphorus from polluted fresh body waters — were announced yesterday at a formal ceremony in […]