FWC sprays lake from helicopter

LAKE OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) plans to conduct aquatic plant treatments on Lake Okeechobee from Thursday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Nov. 1. No treatments will be conducted during the weekend. The treatments will be conducted via helicopter. Treatment areas will include a dense cattail marsh southeast of the Indian […]

Rapidly rising lake could damage SAV

FDEP report: Lake water samples have no toxins LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Recent rainfall in the watersheds north and east of Lake Okeechobee have sent billions of gallons of water into the lake, causing it to rise quickly … maybe a little too quickly for the lake’s recovering submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). Anglers on both ends […]

Submerged aquatic vegetation in lake shows signs of recovery

OKEECHOBEE — Lake Okeechobee’s submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) is showing signs of recovery, according to information shared at the Aug. 8 meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force, representatives from the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District. The meeting was […]

Muck removal projects planned for lake

OKEECHOBEE — If the level of Lake Okeechobee is low next year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will be ready to take advantage of the opportunity to remove muck and improve the habitat on Lake Okeechobee. At the Aug. 8 meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force Alyssa Jordan of […]

Iglesias named to Lake O plant management panel

CLEWISTON — Ramon Iglesias, general manager of the Martin Marina & Resort and a co-founder of Anglers for Lake Okeechobee, has gained a seat at the table as Florida undertakes an in-depth look at aquatic plant management. That’s something his boss, resort owner Mary Ann Martin, has been clamoring for over the past several years, […]

Aquatic plant task force to meet Aug. 8

OKEECHOBEE — The Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force will meet Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. in Okeechobee at the SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center, 316 N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission contractors use chemical herbicides to control plants on Lake Okeechobee. Big O anglers have called for the […]