ASR wells on WRAC agenda on Feb. 27

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management (SFWMD) encourages the public to watch, attend and participate in the next Water Resources Accountability and Collaboration (WRAC) Public Forum meeting taking place at SFWMD Headquarters on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. The agenda for the public workshop is available at SFWMD.gov/Meetings. The workshop will include […]

Lake O coalition grows to include 10 counties

OKEECHOBEE — The County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon now includes 10 counties as voting members. At the Feb. 7 meeting, Charlotte County officially joined the group, represented by Commissioner Ken Dougherty, a retired civil engineer who has a lot of […]

Northern storage key to reducing Lake O discharges

OKEECHOBEE — How much additional storage would it take to prevent harmful freshwater flows from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal estuaries? Let’s do the math. During the 2018-2019 dry season, when the corps was actively trying to lower the lake in order to allow the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) to recover from the damage left […]

Work has already begun on C-43 Reservoir

LABELLE — On Friday, Oct. 25, Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the site of the Caloosahatchee (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir to break ground on the embankments and canals to complete this important Everglades restoration project. The governor was joined by members of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the Florida Department of Environmental […]

Algae task force prioritizes regional storage projects

More regional water storage, projects to address legacy nutrients and stricter rules about septic tanks were all identified as priorities by the scientists on the Florida Blue Green Algae Task Force. Following a series of meetings to discuss water quality issues in Florida, the Blue-Green Algae Task Force drafted a series of recommendations for the […]

‘Water farming’ helps reduce freshwater flow to St. Lucie Estuary

OKEECHOBEE — They call it “water farming.” Caulkins Citrus Co., once home to orange groves, is the site of a public-private partnership to reduce harmful freshwater flows to the St. Lucie Estuary. The 3,200-acre site is adjacent to the C-44 Canal just east of Indiantown. Water from the canal is pumped into bermed reservoirs on […]

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 […]