Stuart City Commission to discuss lawsuit to lower Lake O below 11 feet by June 1

STUART — At their meeting tonight, the Stuart City Commission will discuss a plan to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The agenda for the Jan. 27 meeting includes the following resolution: “Whereas the City Commission believes that it is in the best interest of the residents of Stuart that it […]

City of Stuart may sue Army Corps of Engineers over lake plan

The City of Stuart may file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in protest of the USACOE plan to prioritize water supply for the remainder of the dry season.

Public comment sought on CDC plan to study lake

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control is seeking public comment on a proposed study of persons exposed to algae in Lake Okeechobee. CDC-2019-0079, published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register, proposes a collection project titled “Aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms: Exposures and health effects in a highly exposed population.” CDC will accept written comments up […]

Algae task force considers recommendations

NAPLES — The Department of Environmental Protection Blue Green Algae Task Force worked on recommendations on Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs), Best Management Practices (BMPs), septic systems, sewage spills and stormwater storage and treatment at their Sept. 25 meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University. BMAPsThe task force noted the BMAPs have been hindered by local […]

Blue-green algal blooms bring health risks

NAPLES — “We know that blue-green algae isn’t just something that is in the water. It is something that can affect our health. We’re dealing with old organisms that go back almost 3.5 billion years,” explained Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees at the Sept. 24 meeting of the Department of Environmental Protection Blue Green […]

FDEP monitors algae in area lakes and waterways

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — What effect will the wind and rain from Hurricane Dorian have on Lake Okeechobee? It’s too soon to tell. The winds and rain associated with Hurricane Dorian made it impossible for NOAA to get reliable satellite images. The most recent available image is from Sept. 1, and NOAA notes that it may […]

Algae task force considers nutrients from septic tanks

FORT PIERCE — The Blue-Green Algae Task Force considered a human source of nutrient loads into Florida’s lakes and waterways at their Aug. 1 meeting. They reviewed the nutrient load from septic tanks and leaks and overflows from sewage systems. Dr. Eb Roeder of the Florida Department of Health explained septic tanks are meant as […]

Algae task force meets Thursday

FORT PIERCE — The Blue Green Algae Task Force will discuss innovative technologies to treat, prevent, reduce or eliminate Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) at its next meeting. Also on the agenda are septic tank regulations and discussion of a few sewer overflow impacts and causes. The task force will meet Thursday, Aug. 1, in the […]

Project could turn algae into fuel

MOORE HAVEN — Can the algae in Lake Okeechobee be extracted and turned into biofuel? An experiment conducted near the Moore Haven lock in July indicates this could be a possibility. Dr. Martin Page, project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said the 2018 WRDA provided the corps with some funding for research […]

FDEP is testing algal blooms as they pop up

OKEECHOBEE — As the summer heat continues, the lake remains below 12 feet above sea level, and blooms of algae and cyanobacteria (called blue green algae, although it is not actually algae) are common. The heat combined with little movement of water create conditions conducive to the rapid reproduction of the microscopic organisms into “blooms.” […]