Prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee

MOORE HAVEN — A prescribed burn will be conducted on 3,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee between the Moore Haven Canal and Sportsman Cut on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the lake. This will be done as a joint effort by the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife […]

EAA Reservoir won’t be ‘designed on the back of a napkin’

WEST PALM BEACH – The Everglades Foundation’s claim at the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir could be designed, engineered and constructed in four years is confusing the public at a time South Florida residents should be united in supporting construction of the reservoir, according to some members of the Water Resources Analysis Coalition who reviewed […]

Petition against spraying to be heard by FWC

CLEWISTON — Advocates of clean water in Florida are jumping on a bandwagon that started rolling late last summer when marine life expert Jim Abernethy of West Palm Beach started a Change.org petition calling for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to cease its spraying of herbicides in freshwater lakes. Mr. Abernethy, who’s won […]

Corps continues work on dike, C-43 and C-44 reservoirs

SOUTH FLORIDA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2019 Civil Works Appropriations, including construction funding for work on the Herbert Hoover Dike, the C-43 and C-44 reservoirs. On Sept. 21, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 115-244, of which […]

Science group reviews Everglades data

OKEECHOBEE — The high and low water extremes of recent years have been hard on the Everglades system which spans from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to Florida Bay. Laura Brant of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services reported on system-wide ecological indicators at the Everglades Joint Working Group/Science Coordination Meeting Nov. 28 at the South […]

EAA reservoir land involved in lawsuit

SOUTH FLORIDA — Land designated for the future Everglades Agricultural (EAA) reservoir is once again involved in a lawsuit. Florida Wildlife Federation Inc. has filed a legal challenge to the South Florida Water Management Governing Board’s decision to lease most of the land for sugar farming for at least two years. The SFWMD Governing Board […]

Lake Okeechobee prescribed burn planned for Monday; 8,000 acres near Moore Haven to be burned to clear dead vegetation

MOORE HAVEN — A prescribed burn will be conducted on 8,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee east of the Moore Haven Canal on Monday, Dec. 3, to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the lake.   This will be done as a joint effort by the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission […]

Water supply plan depends on lake

Lake Okeechobee is one of the water sources critical to supplying water for the growing population of the Lower East Coast under the South Florida Water Management District Lower East Coast (LEC) Water Supply Plan. At their Nov. 8 meeting, the SFWMD Governing Board approved an update of the Lower East Coast Water Supply Plan, […]

SFWMD approves supply plan for lower east coast

OKEECHOBEE — Lake Okeechobee is one of the water sources critical to supplying water for the growing population of the Lower East Coast under the South Florida Water Management District Lower East Coast (LEC) Water Supply Plan. At their Nov. 8 meeting, the SFWMD Governing Board approved an update of the Lower East Coast Water […]

Lykes project to clean water before it enters lake

OKEECHOBEE — A new project to clean water before it goes into Lake Okeechobee will use plants to remove excess phosphorus and nitrogen. The Brighton Valley Northern Everglades Project is a public-private partnership between Lykes Brighton Valley LLC, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and Florida […]