Col. Kelly on Lake Okeechobee: Balancing project purposes

Franklin Lock and Dam

By Col. Andrew KellyU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District JACKSONVILLE — One of the challenges we face at the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is balancing all of the purposes of managing Lake Okeechobee given to us by Congress – flood control, water supply, navigation, recreation, and preservation of fish […]

Corps switches gears as lake steadily rises

Lake releases east and west ‘a possibility’ JACKSONVILLE — Just over a month ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was focused on water conservation in Lake Okeechobee, as March brought one of the driest months on record. Now that the rainy season is well underway, the corps is switching from the dry season strategy […]

Governor pushed for dry season lake releases

During the 2018-2019 dry season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released freshwater from Lake Okeechobee east to the St. Lucie River and west to the Caloosahatchee, lowering the level of Lake Okeechobee to less than 11 feet by the end of the dry season. At the time, corps officials told Lake Okeechobee area officials […]

Corps to continue flows from lake to Caloosahatchee River

JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will continue flows from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a 7-day average rate of 457 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows to the St. Lucie estuary remain at zero cfs as measured at the St. Lucie Lock and […]

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, […]

Stuart seeks lawsuit to lower lake

STUART — The Stuart City Commission moved forward with their plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after a lengthy discussion at their Jan. 27 meeting. While they agreed they want to sue, they have not yet determined the exact language of the lawsuit or the scope of their demands. […]

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 […]

Corps plans no Lake Okeechobee releases

WEST PALM BEACH — No releases from Lake Okeechobee are planned to the coastal estuaries in the foreseeable future. At a press conference in West Palm Beach on Sept. 6, Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explained that as Hurricane Dorian approached, they had initially expected to make large releases from […]

Corps may alter lake release schedule ‘asap’

WEST PALM BEACH — An internal message from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that was distributed via email to Palm Beach County Commissioners on July 17, has some officials concerned that the corps will make changes to the schedule for releases from Lake Okeechobee even before the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual is […]

Corps increases flow to Caloosahatchee

MOORE HAVEN — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has increased flow from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River. On May 18, the corps increased flow to the Caloosahatchee estuary, as measured at the Franklin Lock, from 600 cubic feet per second to 800 cfs. Lake water enters the lake at Moore Haven. Direct rainfall […]