How much phosphorus comes from flood control ditches?

OKEECHOBEE — For more than 20 years, those who live and work in Lake Okeechobee’s northern watershed have wondered just how much of the phosphorus entering the big lake is a direct effect of the Central and South Florida Flood Control Project (C&SF). In the 1960s, the C&SF Project modified the native Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades system extensively […]

Economic forum planned

BELLE GLADE — Palm Beach State College’s Community Relations Office in partnership with the Belle Glade campus will host a community forum titled “Strengthening Communities for the Future: Economic Development of the Glades Area,” Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach State College Belle Glade campus, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts […]

Pahokee residents invited to brownfields info session

PAHOKEE — A public information session will be conducted this month with the consultant helping to administer the city’s $300,000 brownfields grant. PPPM Consultants and the City of Pahokee are looking forward to seeing residents at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov 14. The session will take place in the Parks & Recreation Department Cafeteria Building at […]

Athlete of the Week: L.J. Sampson

MOORE HAVEN — Moore Haven senior L.J. Sampson is this week’s Big Lake Athlete of the week for his performance in the Terriers’ playoff win over the First Baptist Academy Lions on Nov. 8. Against the Lions Sampson completed 11 out of 14 passes for 293 yards and five touchdowns. On paper, the Terriers headed […]

Alliance still fighting Lake O misinformation

CLEWISTON — The Lake Okeechobee Alliance marked the third anniversary of its first rally and founding Nov. 5, and its president, Julia du Plooy, said while the group’s mission and tactics have morphed slightly, its prime goal is the same. It’s always been about combating misinformation and malicious attacks on the agricultural interests and business […]

Answer census, bring money to your community

OKEECHOBEE — Since Aug. 2, 1790, the United States has been completing a census every 10 years to help with governmental planning. When the time for the census rolls around, it is met with mixed reactions ranging from:“Oh great! Here come those nosy government workers wanting to know my business again” to “I’ll get to […]

New C-44 STA will help treat local basin runoff

MARTIN COUNTY — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially turned on the pumps at the C-44 Stormwater Treatment Area on Friday, filling the first cell of the STA with nutrient-laden water from the St. Lucie Canal. The 6,300-acre wetland will treat more than 46 billion gallons of water bound for the St. Lucie estuary every year, […]

Backyard horses, hobby farms part of nutrient load problem

At first glance, the numbers don’t add up. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture more than 90 percent of the farmers and ranchers in the Northern Everglades watershed are enrolled in the state’s Best Management Practices (BMP) program, which reduces the use of fertilizer and the chance of excess nutrient load in runoff into […]

Hundreds of area schoolkids intrigued at career expo

MOORE HAVEN — Over 600 middle and high school students from the Glades County School District and Clewiston Christian School enjoyed a Career and College Fair last week at the regional training center. Glades County Superintendent of Schools Scott Bass credited the organizers — the district’s testing coordinator, Dr. John Huysman, along with Moore Haven […]

Anglers plan protest of FWC aquatic spraying

OKEECHOBEE — A group of anglers are planning a peaceful protest of the chemical spraying of aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee. The protest, advertised on social media, calls for boaters and other concerned citizens to meet on Friday, Nov. 15, starting at 5:30 a.m., at the pier and recreation area on the north side of […]