FWC requires boats stay 50 feet apart

OKEECHOBEE — The water level on Lake Okeechobee fell to 11.95 feet on March 30, causing the South Florida Water Management District to close four locks connected to the lake. While it’s still possible to go out on the lake in a boat, when the water level gets low, it can be dangerous to traverse […]

Corps to inspect St. Lucie Lock on March 10; Port Mayaca Locks closed; No lake water will flow to St. Lucie River while St. Lucie Lock gates are open for inspection

STUART — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will conduct a routine inspection of the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) March 10. As part of the Jacksonville District’s Routine Inspection Program for Operation & Maintenance purposes, the district schedules a series of inspections throughout the year of features such as pump stations, […]

Prescribed burn of 35,000 acres planned near Lake O

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — In an effort to manage vegetation within the seasonally dry portions of Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers, will conduct prescribed burns in the west-southwest areas of the lake. On March 3 through March […]

Prescribed burn planned on Lake Okeechobee

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to conduct a prescribed burn on the northwest end of Lake Okeechobee this week, near Indian Prairie, weather permitting. To help protect public health and safety, the agencies plan to conduct the prescribed burn […]

‘Most of the time, Mother Nature is in charge’

Corps’ strategy sparks lawsuits, but doesn’t change lake level JACKSONVILLE — During the 2018-2019 dry season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used the “operational flexibility” in the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) to release more water to tide during the dry season in an effort to lower the level of the lake by the […]

Lake Okeechobee level steady, just under 13 feet

OKEECHOBEE — The water level in Lake Okeechobee to continues to hold just under 13 feet, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. On Feb. 24, the lake level was 12.78 feet above sea level, down just slightly from the 12.94 feet level the previous week. The lake level is very close to the […]

Coast Guard searching for missing boaters

ST. PETERSBURG – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two boaters who have been missing for the past week. Gerald Cook, 81, and Peter Cook, 55, along with four of their dogs, left Panama City on Feb. 13 with plans to travel to Vero Beach via the Okeechobee Waterway. They left a Panama Beach […]

FWC seeks input on lake plan

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began work on a new management plan for Lake Okeechobee on Feb. 18, with a public meeting at the Okeechobee Civic Center on U.S. 98 to gather stakeholder input. Ryan Hamm, regional fisheries administrator, said FWC is drafting a management plan for Lake Okeechobee. He said […]

Anglers to protest lake spraying

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 gather protest on Feb. 22 on the Herbert Hoover Dike, 600 Hoover Dike Road in Clewiston. The demonstration will start at 8 a.m. Guest speakers will […]

Interconnect canal to send water from St. Lucie County to C-44 reservoir and Lake O

OKEECHOBEE — Are St. Lucie County’s water supply and water quality needs taking a back seat to the needs of other communities? St. Lucie Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson had questions for the South Florida Water Management District executive director Drew Bartlett at the Feb. 7 meeting of the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake […]