City of Stuart may sue Army Corps of Engineers over lake plan

The City of Stuart may file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in protest of the USACOE plan to prioritize water supply for the remainder of the dry season.

Anglers to protest use of chemicals in lake

CLEWISTON — Lake Okeechobee area residents who oppose the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s use of chemical herbicides to control invasive aquatic vegetation on the big lake will host a protest on Feb. 22 on the Herbert Hoover Dike on Lake Okeechobee at U.S. 27. The protest will start at 8 a.m. “The FWC […]

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 […]

Lake Okeechobee fishing ‘is on fire’

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — What a difference a year makes. Lake Okeechobee’s ecology is much improved, with the regrowth of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). According to local anglers, Big O fishing is great. “The fishing has been fantastic,” said Mike Krause at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters. “The grass is coming back from Tinhouse Cove to Harney Pond.” […]

Lake benefits from December rain

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Will 2020 bring water shortages? It all depends on the dry season rainfall. At the December meeting of South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, Executive Director Drew Bartlett warned the members they could be discussing water shortage plans at their January meeting. Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of […]

WRAC: Many apply, few are chosen for water forum

WEST PALM BEACH — The latest version of the South Florida Water Management District “WRAC” had more than 50 applicants, but fewer than half were chosen. WRAC originally stood for Water Resources Advisory Commission and more recently was called Water Resources Analysis Coalition. WRAC included representatives from South Florida businesses, water supply utilities, agriculture, public […]

Herbicide spraying continues on Lake O

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to use chemical spraying to control invasive aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee, but has also added the use of some mechanical harvesting. The aquatic plant management schedule which started on Dec. 23 and continues through Jan. 3 calls for treatment of 75 acres in […]

Shallow reservoir plan questioned

12,500-acre reservoir planned for north of lake literally won’t hold water, say local landowners OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to build a shallow reservoir with a 12,500-acre footprint in Glades County just north of Lake Okeechobee would be a waste of taxpayers’ money because it simply won’t hold water, according to […]

Lawsuit over lake releases dismissed, U.S. Sugar will not appeal; Army Corps to focus on retaining water in lake this dry season

CLEWISTON — A lawsuit over the freshwater sent to tide to lower Lake Okeechobee during the 2018-2019 dry season has been dismissed by the United States District Court Southern District of Florida. The plaintiff, U.S. Sugar, has no plans to appeal, because the corps has no plans to release excess freshwater to tide this dry […]

Federal budget includes funding for EAA reservoir

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, Dec. 20, President Trump signed a federal budget into law that includes $200 million for Everglades restoration. “President Trump has followed through on his promise to deliver for Florida and America’s Everglades,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “This investment in Everglades restoration will build on our efforts at the state level […]