Satellite imagery shows algae potential in lake

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The intense summer heat has brought with it algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee. Lake area fishermen have noted this is a common occurrence in the summer. As of June 29, the lake level was at 12.36 feet, just slightly higher than the previous week’s level of 12.33 feet. No water from the […]

Col. Kelly on Lake Okeechobee: Balancing project purposes

Franklin Lock and Dam

By Col. Andrew KellyU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District JACKSONVILLE — One of the challenges we face at the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is balancing all of the purposes of managing Lake Okeechobee given to us by Congress – flood control, water supply, navigation, recreation, and preservation of fish […]

LOSOM meeting scheduled for June 25

JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, announces the next Project Delivery Team (PDT) meeting for the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), to be held June 25 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions on public meetings, this meeting will be held online only. There are a […]

Algae bloom conditions intensify in Lake O; Cyanobacteria sampled in Caloosahatchee River has low levels of toxins; Caloosahatchee flow is basin runoff

OKEECHOBEE — Hot temperatures over the past week resulted in an increase in the cyanobacteria and algae in Lake Okeechobee, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Satellite imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows potential for algae blooms in about 75 percent of the big lake. Bloom potential does not […]

Exotic plant control requires a variety of tools

WEST PALM BEACH — Exotic plant control was the topic for the Water Resources Accountability and Collaboration (WRAC) meeting May 28 online meeting. SFWMD STA and Invasive Species Section Leader LeRoy Rodgers said invasive plant species have a big impact on the SFWMD’s mission. “We want to protect the progress of Everglades restoration efforts from […]

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 […]

Letter to the editor: Lake needs help

These two emails were sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis April 20. To date I have heard nothing. I am concerned about our lake, Lake Okeechobee, and all the communities and businesses that make our lake such a unique place. Honorable Gov. DeSantis,Good morning, and thank you for giving me this opportunity to address a matter […]

Stakeholders voice concerns, confusion about clause

A debate is raging at public meetings, in letters from elected officials and on social media over the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) and whether or not the “savings clause” written into federal law in the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 should be considered when developing the plan the U.S. Army Corps of […]

Members of Congress asked to protect Florida water supply

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — What will happen to South Florida’s water supply under the new Lake Okeechobee Systems Operating Manual (LOSOM) currently under development by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? In an April 28 letter to U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the the Palm Beach County Business Development Board, asked […]

Corps awards cutoff wall contract for HHD rehabilitation

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District awarded the final contract for the cutoff wall required as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD), the earthen structure surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The corps awarded the contract April 30 for $41.4 million to Bauer Foundation Corporation from Odessa. The contract […]