Corps to resume releases from Lake Okeechobee on Friday

With Lake Okeechobee approaching 14.5 feet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will resume water releases this weekend as part of its continued efforts to manage flood risk throughout south Florida. The discharges are scheduled to resume Friday (July 13). The target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is a 14-day average of […]

Funding approved for dike repairs; EAA reservoir added to Water Resources Development Act

BELLE GLADE — Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings stopped by the Belle Glade Marina on Thursday to announce that federal funding has been approved to speed repairs to Herbert Hoover Dike, and that the federal share of funding for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir will be in this year’s Water Resources […]

Federal funding for EAA reservoir could be delayed

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee could face funding delays. While the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Civil Works) R.D. James found the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir plan feasible, the review assessment submitted to the Office of Management and Budget also placed some conditions for implementation. “I have determined that […]

EAA storage reservoir plan to send clean water to the Everglades

ORLANDO — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) at its Governing Board meeting Thursday unveiled a cost-effective alternative that optimizes the benefits of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir. SFWMD’s team of modelers, professional engineers, scientists, planners and water managers worked to optimize the two best buy alternatives presented to the SFWMD Governing […]

EAA reservoir has been in the plans since 2000

OKEECHOBEE — A reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee has been part of the Everglades restoration plan from the beginning. See graphics below. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) was authorized by Congress in 2000, including 68 projects to “restore, preserve, and protect the south Florida ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region, […]

Legislature to consider EAA reservoir options

A Jan. 9 report to the Florida Legislature from the South Florida Water Management District lists two “best buy” options for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir required as part of Senate Bill 10. SB 10 was signed into law on May 9, 2017 by Governor Rick Scott. “Since its passage, SFWMD’s staff of professional […]

EAA reservoir modeling shows promise

OKEECHOBEE — Computer modeling for a storage reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area show all of the alternatives under consideration would reduce harmful discharges from the lake to the coastal estuaries as well as improve flow to the Everglades and Florida Bay, according to information presented at a meeting at the South Florida Water Management […]

Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir plans progress

OKEECHOBEE — “In 1947, the state of Florida had one of the worst floods in the state’s history,” Clewiston Mayor Mali Gardner told the crowd gathered at the John Boy Auditorium Monday night. Reading from Lawrence Will’s book “Swampland to Sugarbowl,” she noted that in following the diking of Lake Okeechobee and the channelization of […]

REPAIR Act could help with funding for Everglades restoration

A bill filed last week by U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney could help speed funding of Herbert Hoover Dike repairs and Everglades restoration projects. Congressman Rooney’s Florida Congressional Distinct 17 includes Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades and Charlotte counties, and  parts of Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough and Lee counties. On Thursday, Congressman Rooney introduced the Responsible Environmental […]