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 […]

Corps reduces lake releases to Caloosahatchee River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced pulse releases to the Caloosahatchee River to a seven-day average rate of 600 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Saturday, May 4. For most of the dry season, releases to the Caloosahatchee River averaged around 1,000 cfs, measured at the Franklin Lock, which is 43.4 miles from Moore […]

Water from St. Lucie sometimes backflows into Lake O

Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to release water from the lake to the St. Lucie starting Saturday, March 23, at an average of 250 cubic feet per second, that didn’t happen. In fact, at times water flowed the other way — from the St. Lucie Canal into Lake Okeechobee. When the lake […]

Releases slow rise of Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee has dropped more than one-tenth of a foot (1.32 inches) since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District increased water releases in late February. More than half of that flow was to the south of the big lake. During the first 10 days of the releases, the water level in the lake […]

Blue-green algae bloom now in lake is fueled by nitrogen from the air

Tests by the University of Florida show the cyanobacteria bloom in the lake has changed. At the start of the summer, the dominant type was a species of Microcystis, according to Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDEP) tests. In late July, the Microcystis bloom appeared to die off. A new bloom that has grown in […]

Corps to resume Lake Okeechobee releases; 85 percent of flow to St. Lucie since May was local basin runoff; 73 percent of flow to Caloosahatchee River from local basin runoff

“It is important to identify the problems. The Lake Okeechobee dynamic is a part of the problem, but let’s be clear, it’s actually a smaller part of the overall problem when we talk about estuarian health,” said Col. Jason Kirk, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Corps to resume releases from Lake Okeechobee on Friday

With Lake Okeechobee approaching 14.5 feet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will resume water releases this weekend as part of its continued efforts to manage flood risk throughout south Florida. The discharges are scheduled to resume Friday (July 13). The target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is a 14-day average of […]

Flow suspended from Lake Okeechobee to coastal estuaries

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District suspended water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries effective this morning (July 9). The Corps had halted Lake Okeechobee flows to the St. Lucie Estuary on June 30, but were still releasing some lake water to the Caloosahatchee River […]

Increased flow under Tamiami Trail helps Everglades, but won’t move Lake Okeechobee water south

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will raise the water level in the L-29 Canal (along the Tamiami Trail) and will move more water under the Tamiami Trail to Everglades National Park, but don’t expect water from Lake Okeechobee to flow south anytime soon. The Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiamai Trail are […]

NOAA: Blue-green algae in 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — As the summer heat wave continues, cyanobacteria can be found in nearly 90 percent of the big lake, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Cyanobacteria, commonly called “blue green algae,” — although it is not actually algae — sometimes produces toxins. So far, Florida Department of Environmental Protection tests have shown […]