CDC to study fishing guides

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tentatively announced plans to conduct a study on fishing guides to find out whether algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee are related to any health issues. The CDC plans to recruit about 50 fishing guides and charter boat captains to study any potential health effects of long-term exposure […]

Corps increases flow to Caloosahatchee

MOORE HAVEN — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has increased flow from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River. On May 18, the corps increased flow to the Caloosahatchee estuary, as measured at the Franklin Lock, from 600 cubic feet per second to 800 cfs. Lake water enters the lake at Moore Haven. Direct rainfall […]

Aquatic spraying underway on Lake O

CLEWISTON — The Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force will meet May 30 at 10 a.m. in the USACE South Florida Operations Office, 525 Ridgelawn Road in Clewiston. The task force members represent State of Florida agencies (including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the South Florida Water Management District), state […]

Aquatic spraying to control hyacinth and water lettuce on lake

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shared a plan this week to use chemical spraying to control the growth of hyacinth and water lettuce in the Eagle Bay and Kings Bar areas of Lake Okeechobee. Hyacinth and water lettuce are considered harmful invasive plants. According to the FWC report, the use of herbicides to […]

Reynolds debunks water myths

OKEECHOBEE — Myths about the South Florida watershed can hurt efforts to save the Everglades, according to Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds’ report to the combined county commissions of Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, Martin and Palm Beach counties, May 7 at Okeechobee High School. ‘The greatest problem that I see in many of the conversations is that […]

SFWMD governing board looks north to address water quality problems

Slow the flow. Clean it north. Comments at the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board May 8 workshop meeting echoed the slogans of the Anglers for Lake Okeechobee as board members noted the need to clean the water before it goes into the big lake. “These increases in nutrients that are coming out of […]

Nutrient pollution comes from ‘everywhere’

At their May 8 workshop meeting, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board was briefed on the complicated issue of nutrient loading into waterways. The nutrient load from north of the lake is a complicated issue. Even the term “nutrient pollution” can be confusing explained Tom Frick, director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, […]

Trump tweets support for CERP funding

President Donald Trump has apparently changed his mind about funding the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir and other Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects. On Monday, the president expressed his support for increased funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in a tweet. “My administration will be fighting for $200 million for the Army Corps Everglades restoration […]

Lake area counties unite to support healthy Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — County commissioners from all around the big lake gathered in Okeechobee on May 7 to discuss the lake so important to their communities. About 350 area residents were in the audience at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall for the historic multi-county meeting. Okeechobee County Commissioner Terry Burroughs noted the Everglades system begins […]

Lake area counties work toward common goals

Officials from the five counties that surround Lake Okeechobee met Tuesday to find common ground and start the work to come up with unified message about the future of Lake Okeechobee. Commissioners from Martin, Hendry, Glades, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties gathered in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall on May 7. A crowd of […]