Martin challenges Florida’s new governor to learn more about Lake Okeechobee

  CLEWISTON — Mary Ann Martin, who was honored last weekend at Clewiston’s annual festival as a champion of Lake Okeechobee, the region’s lifeblood, issued a sharp challenge to new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he shapes the next generation of state water policy. “You can’t let these people that don’t know anything about this […]

Sending Lake O water south isn’t the solution

  CLEWISTON — Captain Daniel Andrews is right that water is Florida’s most valuable resource. Anyone that has spent a hot summer afternoon in the Sunshine State knows how precious water can be, whether it’s for drinking, recreating or fishing. In the Glades communities, thousands of families rely on a healthy Lake Okeechobee for fishing […]

PBC approves resolution to protect its water interests

WEST PALM BEACH — On Tuesday, March 12, the Palm Beach County Commission, led by County Mayor Melissa McKinlay, unanimously approved a resolution to protect the county’s water interests as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contemplates changes to Lake Okeechobee’s operations. Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast are calling for Lake Okeechobee’s […]

Corps effort to lower Lake Okeechobee level questioned

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to lower Lake Okeechobee in anticipation of the wet season has local community leaders concerned about the safety of the water supply. Since the start of the dry season in October, the corps has released an average of 1,000 cubic feet per second to the Caloosahatchee […]

SFWMD hires executive director, approves C-43 reservoir bid

WEST PALM BEACH — The new governing board for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), who met for the first time on March 14, hired a new director, approved a contract for multi-million dollar reservoir, and authorized a settlement for a key piece of property for the Kissimmee River Restoration project. The later two […]

President budget falls short in CERP funding

OKEECHOBEE — Federal funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) once again has come up short. In 2000 Congress authorized CERP as a framework for restoring, protecting and preserving the greater Everglades ecosystem. CERP was to be a 50-50 partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Florida, with the […]

UPDATE: Names of plane crash victims released. Five killed when airplane crashes into Lake Okeechobee near Pahokee

PAHOKEE – Five people died Friday, March 8, when a plane crashed into Lake Okeechobee near Pahokee, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The plane crash victims have been identified as: Eduardo Mulet, 45, of West Palm Beach; Eric Peterson, 73, Lighthouse Point; Matthew Fiorello, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens; Heather Bridwell, 43, […]

Releases slow rise of Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee has dropped more than one-tenth of a foot (1.32 inches) since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District increased water releases in late February. More than half of that flow was to the south of the big lake. During the first 10 days of the releases, the water level in the lake […]

Misconceptions confuse Lake Okeechobee level discussion

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public meetings to discuss the new Lake Okeechobee System Operations Manual (LOSOM) have sparked some lively public debate. Since the Corps is “only there to listen,” some claims presented by speakers are confusing, conflicting or unfounded. Here is a review some of the misconceptions and conflicting statements: […]

Prescribed burn planned on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — Two prescribed burns will be conducted on Lake Okeechobee on Tuesday, March 5, starting at 10 a.m. The first will burn an estimated 5,000-8,000 acres between the Pearce Canal and Indian Prairie Canal. The second will burn approximately 850 acres in the Twin Palms/Dyess Ditch area. Both burns will improve fish and wildlife […]