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 […]

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 […]