To lower Lake Okeechobee, where would the water go?

Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast have proposed a new schedule for the operation of Lake Okeechobee that would lower the lake to 10.5 feet by the end of May, in order to leave enough capacity in the lake at the start of the wet season to prevent the need for any lake […]

Agricultural BMPs ARE protecting water resources

Best Management Practices help reduce the nutrient load in runoff from farms and ranches.

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 […]

Algal bloom doesn’t affect fishing on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — The water may be green in some parts of the lake, but fishermen on both the north and south sides of Lake Okeechobee report the summer has been a good one for fishing. “The fishing is pretty good first thing in the morning,” said Mike Krause at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters on Thursday. “I […]

Corps to reduce lake releases to St. Lucie Canal

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will temporarily reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee over the coming days. Starting today (June 29), the target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to a 14-day average of 585 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart.  […]

Governor issues emergency order to send lake water ‘south’; Water conservation areas south of lake already full; Flow south from WCAs blocked by Tamiami Trail

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee south, but existing water conveyance structures, direct rainfall south of the lake, the Tamiami Trail and the Department of the Interior make that difficult, if not impossible. Heavy rain in May — some areas received more than 400 percent of average rainfall — […]

Flow of water to Florida Bay hampered by efforts to protect endangered bird

OKEECHOBEE — A very wet start to the wet season, with a named tropical storm before the start of hurricane season, meant triple the normal rainfall in the month of May for the South Florida Water Management District. Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiami Trail are brimming with freshwater — with water levels […]

REPAIR Act could help with funding for Everglades restoration

A bill filed last week by U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney could help speed funding of Herbert Hoover Dike repairs and Everglades restoration projects. Congressman Rooney’s Florida Congressional Distinct 17 includes Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades and Charlotte counties, and  parts of Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough and Lee counties. On Thursday, Congressman Rooney introduced the Responsible Environmental […]