Roundabout option considered on SR 710

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners Thursday agreed to add the option of a traffic roundabout at the intersection of Martin County Road 714 (aka Martin Grade) and State Road 710, if the Florida Department of Transportation realigns CR 714. The realignment will take part of CR 714 into Okeechobee County to come out opposite Okeechobee […]

Herbert Hoover Dike getting better every day’

OKEECHOBEE — The 2019 wet season has brought “average” rainfall according to information shared at Sept. 13 meeting of the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon. After the series of years of “above average” rainfall which meant high levels in Lake […]

EAA reservoir still 9 years away

WEST PALM BEACH — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir project is on track but even if everything runs smoothly, the reservoir won’t be complete until 2028 according to a report shared at the Sept. 12 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. SFWMD Governing Board Member Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch shared an […]

Dr. Paul Gray wants more wildlife habitat

OKEECHOBEE — Dr. Paul Gray of Florida Audubon has been asked to be part of the new Aquatic Plant Management Technical Advisory Group (TAG). When it comes to aquatic plant management, Dr. Gray said his focus will be on wildlife habitat. Rather than trying to eradicate non-native plants from Florida waters, Dr. Gray promotes controlling […]

Lake Okeechobee level just under 14 feet

OKEECHOBEE — Lake Okeechobee continued to hover just below 14 feet above sea level last week. With the exception of six weeks in February and March, flow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River has been done to benefit the river and the salinity levels in the Caloosahatchee estuaries. If there was sufficient flow from […]

Ranches help remove nutrients from watershed

OKEECHOBEE — “My family has been blessed by God. He’s given us a small piece of his Earth to take care of,” said Wes Williamson of Williamson Cattle Company. Florida cattle ranches are sometimes blamed for excess phosphorus in the water flowing into Lake Okeechobee. But more often, the opposite is true: Ranches remove more […]

‘Improved’ pasture does not mean fertilized

There’s a lot of confusion in the media about Florida’s cattle ranches, according to Matt Pearce, president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. A common misconception: Some people think ranchers fertilize their pastures every year with so much phosphorus that excess runs off into waterways. At a recent South Florida Water Management District meeting Mr. Pearce […]

County Commission opposes lake level deviation

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commission Thursday signed off on a letter to Major General Scott Spellmon and Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in opposition to the planned deviation to the Lake Okeechobee water control plan. “We have been engaged stakeholders in south Florida’s water management issues for decades. We […]

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 […]

Water managers move more water south

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) deactivated its Emergency Operations Center and returned to “seasonal readiness” at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The district received an average of about 1 inch of rainfall throughout Hurricane Dorian. District staff are working to return the regional flood control system to normal operations. The district […]