Anglers protest use of chemical herbicides on lake

OKEECHOBEE — As the sun rose over Lake Okeechobee on Friday, a group of fishermen gathered near the Lock 7 boat ramp on the lake’s northern shore to protest the use of chemical herbicides to control aquatic vegetation. Anglers came from as far away as Miami, Naples and Cape Canaveral with homemade signs proclaiming sentiments […]

Corps to maintain lake flows to river

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will maintain the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary on the current schedule of releases to the Caloosahatchee River. “The lake has been pretty steady over the course of the past month,” said Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the corps’ Jacksonville […]

Racquetball courts to be demolished

OKEECHOBEE — The raquetball courts at the county sports park will be scheduled for demolition after all. At the Oct. 8 meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners voted to surplus the racquetball courts and schedule demolition. The structure has a history of attracting unwanted activities and vandalism. At the Oct. 24 meeting, due to […]

CDC lake study comments close November 18

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will close the public comment period on a proposed study of persons exposed to algae in Lake Okeechobee on Nov. 18. CDC-2019-0079, published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register, proposes a collection project titled “Aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms: Exposures and health effects in a highly […]

How much phosphorus comes from flood control ditches?

OKEECHOBEE — For more than 20 years, those who live and work in Lake Okeechobee’s northern watershed have wondered just how much of the phosphorus entering the big lake is a direct effect of the Central and South Florida Flood Control Project (C&SF). In the 1960s, the C&SF Project modified the native Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades system extensively […]

New C-44 STA will help treat local basin runoff

MARTIN COUNTY — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially turned on the pumps at the C-44 Stormwater Treatment Area on Friday, filling the first cell of the STA with nutrient-laden water from the St. Lucie Canal. The 6,300-acre wetland will treat more than 46 billion gallons of water bound for the St. Lucie estuary every year, […]

Backyard horses, hobby farms part of nutrient load problem

At first glance, the numbers don’t add up. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture more than 90 percent of the farmers and ranchers in the Northern Everglades watershed are enrolled in the state’s Best Management Practices (BMP) program, which reduces the use of fertilizer and the chance of excess nutrient load in runoff into […]

Community honors Veterans Day

OKEECHOBEE — A crowd of area residents turned out for the Veterans Day observance in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee on Monday, Nov. 11. In the front row, Gold Star mother Pamela Suzch Nettle Decerio held a framed drawing of her son, Shawn Michael Suzch. Shawn was career military, she said. He was killed when […]

Anglers plan protest of FWC aquatic spraying

OKEECHOBEE — A group of anglers are planning a peaceful protest of the chemical spraying of aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee. The protest, advertised on social media, calls for boaters and other concerned citizens to meet on Friday, Nov. 15, starting at 5:30 a.m., at the pier and recreation area on the north side of […]

Lake level holds steady despite releases

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will maintain the flow of freshwater from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee this week, with a target average flow of 650 cubic feet per second, measured at the Franklin Lock, according to a Nov. 8, media conference with Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. If […]