Lake Okeechobee slowly rising

WEST PALM BEACH — Lake Okeechobee is rising slowly at a rate beneficial for the Big O. According to biologists, a slow but steady rise allows the submerged aquatic vegetation to grow. If the lake rises too fast, it can damage SAV. On Thursday, the lake level was 13.4 feet above sea level. In an […]

Less rainfall, lake releases contribute to low lake level

WEST PALM BEACH — A number of factors contributed to the current low level in Lake Okeechobee this year. During the 2018-2019 dry season, the U.S. Corps of Engineers intentionally released water east and west with the intent of lowering the lake to help the lake’s vegetation recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma. They […]

Corps’ decisions could impact lake’s future

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — As the current level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop, decisions made last week by government agencies could impact the big lake’s future. River restorationLast week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announced the approval of a planned temporary deviation to the 1981 Lake Kissimmee, Hatchineha and Cypress Interim Regulation […]

Lake suffering from lack of rainfall

WEST PALM BEACH — Water Year 2020, which started on May 1, 2019 ,and runs through April 30, 2020, has set records twice, with the driest September on record and the driest March in 89 years. Most of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is in moderate drought, according to the water conditions report […]

Level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The level of Lake Okeechobee continues to fall, according to the weekly environmental conditions report shared by John Mitnik of the South Florida Water Management District on March 25. As of March 25, the lake level had dropped 0.6 feet in the past month and 0.18 feet in the past week. No […]

FWC requires boats stay 50 feet apart

OKEECHOBEE — The water level on Lake Okeechobee fell to 11.95 feet on March 30, causing the South Florida Water Management District to close four locks connected to the lake. While it’s still possible to go out on the lake in a boat, when the water level gets low, it can be dangerous to traverse […]

‘Most of the time, Mother Nature is in charge’

Corps’ strategy sparks lawsuits, but doesn’t change lake level JACKSONVILLE — During the 2018-2019 dry season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used the “operational flexibility” in the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) to release more water to tide during the dry season in an effort to lower the level of the lake by the […]

Lake Okeechobee level steady, just under 13 feet

OKEECHOBEE — The water level in Lake Okeechobee to continues to hold just under 13 feet, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. On Feb. 24, the lake level was 12.78 feet above sea level, down just slightly from the 12.94 feet level the previous week. The lake level is very close to the […]

Stuart seeks lawsuit to lower lake

STUART — The Stuart City Commission moved forward with their plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after a lengthy discussion at their Jan. 27 meeting. While they agreed they want to sue, they have not yet determined the exact language of the lawsuit or the scope of their demands. […]

Lake Okeechobee level holds steady above 13 ft.

Lake Okeechobee stayed at 13.16 above sea level feet last week, slightly higher than the previous week, thanks to some welcome rainfall. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, operating the big lake under the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), tries to keep the lake level no higher than 15.5 feet and no longer than 12.5 […]