Corps to seek federal authorization for Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will post the Final Integrated Project Implementation Report (PIR) and Environmental Impact Statement for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) this week, as the plans for water storage north of Lake Okeechobee move forward. LOWRP is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan […]

Workshops review watershed protection plans

WEST PALM BEACH — About 250 people logged in to a virtual meeting on Northern Everglades Watershed Protection on June 26, hosted by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). “Our intent with this is to engage the public in a robust discussion about what it takes to solve our water quality crisis,” explained Jennifer […]

Northern Everglades Watershed Protection Planning kickoff workshop is June 26

WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District is starting the process to update the Watershed Protection Plans for the Lake Okeechobee watershed, and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee River watersheds and estuaries. To begin this process, the District is hosting an initial planning meeting next Friday, June 26 at 2 p.m. Register: […]

Nature Conservancy to preserve working Rafter T Ranch

By Fran PerchickThe Nature Conservancy SEBRING — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and partners announce the protection of the critical and diverse landscapes of Rafter T Ranch, a working cattle ranch of more than 5,000 acres along the eastern edge of the Lake Wales Ridge in Sebring. This region of Central Florida is part of the […]

Okeechobee commissioners support clean water plan

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners last week approved a letter of support to the South Florida Water Management District to reduce phosphorus concentration in waters that drain from the S-191 basin. SFWMD requested the board’s letter of support for their project to reduce phosphorus concentration in waters that drain from the S-191 […]

Corps needs SFWMD support for LOWRP

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs a letter of support from the South Florida Water Management District soon to meet the early December deadline for submission of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) for federal approval. The SFWMD Governing Board discussed LOWRP at its Nov. 14 meeting, but took no action. […]

Northern Everglades rules to change

OKEECHOBEE — Cattle ranches have been in the Lake Okeechobee watershed since pioneers first settled the area, but before the Central and South Florida Project for Flood Control, the nutrient loads entering Lake Okeechobee were not a problem, Gary Ritter of Florida Farm Bureau told South Florida Water Management District representatives at the Nov. 5 […]

Northern Everglades rules to change

OKEECHOBEE — Cattle ranches have been in the Lake Okeechobee watershed since pioneers first settled the area, but before the Central and South Florida Project for Flood Control, the nutrient loads entering Lake Okeechobee were not a problem, Gary Ritter of Florida Farm Bureau told South Florida Water Management District representatives at the Nov. 5 […]

Seminoles oppose reservoir near reservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Native American tribal representatives voiced opposition to part of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) during the Oct 29 South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force meeting in Washington, D.C. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, LOWRP, part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), is designed to store […]

SFWMD considers changing rules for lake watershed

WEST PALM BEACH — At its Oct 10 meeting, the South Florida Water Management District Board voted to start the process to change Chapter 40E-61 Florida Administrative Code of the also known as Lake Okeechobee Works of the District rules. Stephany Olson, SFWMD science supervisor, said there are large gaps between the restoration goal and […]