Aquatic spraying to control hyacinth and water lettuce on lake

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shared a plan this week to use chemical spraying to control the growth of hyacinth and water lettuce in the Eagle Bay and Kings Bar areas of Lake Okeechobee. Hyacinth and water lettuce are considered harmful invasive plants. According to the FWC report, the use of herbicides to […]

Lake area counties unite to support healthy Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — County commissioners from all around the big lake gathered in Okeechobee on May 7 to discuss the lake so important to their communities. About 350 area residents were in the audience at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall for the historic multi-county meeting. Okeechobee County Commissioner Terry Burroughs noted the Everglades system begins […]

Lake area counties work toward common goals

Officials from the five counties that surround Lake Okeechobee met Tuesday to find common ground and start the work to come up with unified message about the future of Lake Okeechobee. Commissioners from Martin, Hendry, Glades, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties gathered in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall on May 7. A crowd of […]

Could ‘other’ lease delay EAA reservoir project? FDEP lease on 1,200 acres does not expire until 2046

A 30-year lease on property within the footprint of the planned Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) could potentially delay the project — and no one can blame the former governing board of the South Florida Water Management District this time. The first lease controversy First, let’s review the lease extension […]

Lake manual to consider entire system

WEST PALM BEACH — The Lake Okeechobee System Operations Manual (LOSOM) “is simply about the management of water in Lake Okeechobee,” said Col. Andrew Kelly, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the South Florida Ecosystem Task Force meeting on April 26. LOSOM does not include construction of new infrastructure, he said. “We will […]

Blue-green algae reported in waterways

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, reports are already coming in about algae bloom sightings. With those sightings come concerns about toxins. The bad news: Algae blooms have already been seen this year in Florida lakes, canals and rivers. The good news: So far, most of the algae tested in Lake […]

Low lake level puts boaters in jeopardy

CLEWISTON — The lowering of Lake Okeechobee’s level can have an effect on boaters even before it declines to under 11 feet, as the grounding of three teenage tourists’ vessel on Saturday, April 27, demonstrated. It also can dissuade even veteran fishermen from participating in an annual tournament event — the Roland Martin Marine Center […]

Independent scientific study to consider lake schedule

The University of Florida Water Institute Team is conducting an independent scientific review to inform development of the new Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule. At their Jan. 10 meeting, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) board members approved a contract with the University of Florida Water Institute to conduct an independent scientific review to help […]

Releases to ‘lower lake’ have little effect on Big O level

Residents on both coasts have what they asked for in regard to flow from Lake Okeechobee, at least for now. There has been no flow to the St. Lucie Canal from the lake since March 30. The target flow has been set at “zero” by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which controls that structure. […]

Tribe vows to protect their land

The Miccosukee Tribe’s opposition to the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir could delay federal permitting of the massive water structure, which will cover more than 10,000 acres and be surrounded by a dike that rises 37 feet into the air. Even if nothing goes wrong, and the reservoir operates as planned, it will increase water […]