CDC lake study comments close November 18

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will close the public comment period on a proposed study of persons exposed to algae in Lake Okeechobee on Nov. 18. CDC-2019-0079, published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register, proposes a collection project titled “Aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms: Exposures and health effects in a highly […]

Momentum continues on project #SlowTheFlow

Guest Commentary 2019 has been a banner year for Lake Okeechobee. In January, the lake hosted the Costa FLW Series at Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole at the world-renowned Roland and Mary Ann Martin Marina in Clewiston. The tournament brought hundreds of anglers to our area, resulting in a significant economic boost to Clewiston the […]

Ben Butler appointed to SFWMD board

TALLAHASSEE – The Heartland counties of the South Florida Water Management District finally have representation on the governing board. The SFWMD governing board seat representing Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties has been vacant since March. On Nov. 5, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Benjamin Butler to the board. This appointment […]

Steube takes ag’s side in debate over Lake O

MOORE HAVEN — During his address Oct. 10 at the Glades County Economic Development Council annual dinner, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube said he would continue to oppose the views of another congressman on issues involving Lake Okeechobee. He outlined his sharp contrast with the views of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-18th District, over the lake […]

SFWMD considers changing rules for lake watershed

WEST PALM BEACH — At its Oct 10 meeting, the South Florida Water Management District Board voted to start the process to change Chapter 40E-61 Florida Administrative Code of the also known as Lake Okeechobee Works of the District rules. Stephany Olson, SFWMD science supervisor, said there are large gaps between the restoration goal and […]

Lake releases to continue

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District continues to release water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary this week. “The good news is we got a little bit of rain, especially south of the lake,” said Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the Jacksonville District, in an Oct. 11 media briefing. He […]

Florida Crystals praised for EAA land lease adjustments

OKEECHOBEE – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board had nothing but praise for Florida Crystals at their Oct. 10 meeting. Executive Director Drew Bartlett said when he came on board with the SFWMD, the governing board challenged him to expedite work on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area […]

Lake Okeechobee water level dropping

Following the driest month of September since recordkeeping started in 1932, the level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop. On Monday, the lake level was 13.4 feet, down 0.2 feet from the previous week. The average lake level (based on historical records from 1965 to 2007) is 14.97 feet. During the 2018-2019 dry season, the […]

UPDATED: Florida Crystals voluntarily agrees to terminate lease early to expedite construction of storm water treatment area

PALM BEACH COUNTY Florida Crystals is living up to the promise to make leased land available as needed for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA). On Sept. 30, the New Hope Sugar Company (part of the Florida Crystals Corporation) sent a letter voluntarily terminating its lease on lands needed to […]

Lake level deviation is ‘all about algae’

When it comes to the level of Lake Okeechobee, there’s a lot of confusion. In a Sept. 20 media conference call, Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tried to straighten out some of the misconceptions about the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), LORS operational flexibility, LORS deviations and the Lake Okeechobee […]