Corps adjusts lake flow to support algae research

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced a change in the Lake Okeechobee release schedule for eight days in order to provide flow needed for scientific research into harmful algal blooms (HABs). On July 13, the corps officially cut the flow to the Caloosahatchee from Lake Okeechobee to 0 cubic […]

Water managers consider health of estuaries

WEST PALM BEACH — The health of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries was the topic of discussion for the July 10 workshop meeting of the South Florida Water Management District. Both systems have been greatly altered for flood control said Drew Bartlett, SFWMD executive director. Mr, Bartlett said neither estuary is naturally directly connected […]

SFWMD considers use of ASR wells

WEST PALM BEACH — In the last legislative session, the State of Florida set aside $50 million to jump start a project to store water north of Lake Okeechobee. The challenge faced by the South Florida Water Management District governing board, is how to use that money to get the most “bang for the buck.” […]

OUA board members lobby for sewer funding

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Utility Authority board members have taken the initiative to lobby elected representatives in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. for help with funding septic-to-sewer projects in the county. At the July 11 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Steve Nelson, of the Okeechobee Utility Authority, said board members are hitting all representatives on […]

Farm Bureau wants ag represented on SFWMD board

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Farm Bureau has reached out to Gov. Ron DeSantis to urge him to include someone from the agriculture industry on the South Florida Water Management District Board. In a June 19 letter to Gov. DeSantis, Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick wrote: “On behalf of Florida Farm Bureau Federation and […]

County wants stop light on SR 710

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Commissioners Thursday voted to offer Florida Department of Transportation a deal. The county will accept responsibility for maintenance of a section of Martin County’s CR 714 only if Florida Department of Transportation puts in a full signal light at the intersection of SR 710 and County Road 15B. FDOT’s plans for […]

Canal Point algae bloom is gone

CANAL POINT — As the hot summer continues to bring algal blooms, Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to sample algal blooms and post results online at On July 10, Florida Department of Environmental Protection inspectors visited the Canal Point site that previously had high concentrations of toxins and found the algal bloom was […]

July 4 celebrated with release of two eagles

OKEECHOBEE — Flight For Freedom, a July 4 celebration at Arnold’s Wildlife Center, included the release of two American bald eagles. Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Suarez Museum of Natural Science & History have different missions but the same objective, said Luis Suarez, president and chief curator of the Suarez Museum. He said both organizations […]

Bergeron suggests ranches be perimeter ditched

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board once again turned their attention on the nutrient load from agricultural properties at their July 10 workshop meeting, with one board member even suggesting that cattle ranches spanning thousands of acres should be required to have perimeter ditches. The conversation started with a […]

Anglers encourage all to attend FWC meeting

STUART — Use of chemical herbicides to control harmful aquatic plants on Florida’s waterways is not on the agenda for the July meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, but the subject is expected to come up during the public comments period. “I need everyone who cares about Florida’s future to join me at […]