Scientists, anglers want more Lake O testing

OKEECHOBEE — Scientists, anglers and Lake Okeechobee residents would like to see more testing of the waters of Lake Okeechobee. Environmental groups and coastal residents have also called for more testing. To solve the concerns about cyanobacteria (also known as blue green algae) in the big lake, more information is needed about where, when and […]

4-Hers, airboaters honored for cleanup

4-H Sharpshooters and the Lake Okeechobee Airboaters Association were recognized for their efforts to clean up Lake Okeechobee as part of their annual Earth Day community service project. “Too many times we have unsung heroes,” said County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. “What the airboaters have done and what the Sharpshooters have done is worked in conjunction […]

Coastal communities expect sea to rise 2 feet by 2060

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District considered the threat of sea level rise at the June 13 meeting in West Palm Beach. “When we think about issues of community resilience, it is largely a function of community issues relating to water. They include rising sea levels that affect the management of […]

Latest FDEP sample finds lake water safe

The latest sample of algae in Lake Okeechobee found the water safe for human contact, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection data. A sample taken of a windblown algal bloom at the Port Mayaca Lock had microcystin levels of 1.08 micrograms per liter, according to FDEP. The new Environmental Protection Agency standard for […]

SFWMD reopening S-193 navigation lock weekends

OKEECHOBEE — For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has reopened the S-193 lock on Saturdays and Sundays. The lock had been closed to prevent injury to boaters, damage to boats, or lock damage that could occur if boats pass through this structure when water levels are […]

SFWMD governing board to hold workshop

CLEWISTON — The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Governing Board will have a workshop on Wednesday, June 19, starting at 10 a.m. at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, 34725 West Boundary Road in Clewiston. This workshop will be strictly informative in nature and no votes […]

Rains edge lake back over 11 feet

Rainfall this week was sufficient to bring Lake Okeechobee back up to the 11 feet above sea level mark. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on June 13, the lake was at 11.08 feet. Rainfall in the Caloosahatchee River basin has also meant that no water was released from Lake Okeechobee at Port […]

OUA takes precautions when FWC sprays near water intake

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aquatic weed control program includes spraying chemical herbicides on Lake Okeechobee. Should Okeechobee Utility Association customers be concerned? According to Okeechobee Utility Authority Executive Director John Hayford, FWC has notified OUA that its contractors will be spraying near the utility’s water intakes within the next few weeks. “They […]

SFWMD budget for deep injection wells debated

WEST PALM BEACH — Emergency Estuary Protection Wells (EEPW) funding was debated during the public comments period of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board workshop meeting on June 12. Celese DePalma Audubon of Florida said she noticed the EEPW funding is in the SFWMD 2020 draft budget. “More often we experience drought […]

Task force seeks solutions to blue-green algae issues

On Wednesday, the state’s new blue-green algae task force started the complicated task of finding the most effective way to control harmful algal blooms. While much of the focus was on the Lake Okeechobee watershed and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries, the panel discussed algae issues in the St. Johns River, the state’s springs […]