More study needed to deal with algal blooms; what we don’t know CAN hurt us

OKEECHOBEE — Nearly years after the ‘guacamole’ algae bloom that blanketed the Treasure Coast in the summer of 2016, there are plenty of theories, but we don’t “know” the cause. The prevailing theory was that algae in the freshwater released from Lake Okeechobee through the C-44 canal seeded the bloom, which grew to thick mats […]

Nutrient load reduction is key to reducing toxins in water; Who is to blame for 2016 toxic algae bloom? Point the finger at yourself.

OKEECHOBEE — “The future is blue-green,” Dr. H. Dail Laughinghouse IV told those gathered April 18 Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Indian River State College Williamson Center. Whether that’s good or bad depends on your point of view, and on the amount of cyanobacteria present. Without cyanobacteria, there would be no life on earth. But […]

Armed man becomes irate at bank teller

OKEECHOBEE — A Lake Placid man was arrested at an Okeechobee bank Tuesday after he became upset in the drive-through line then grabbed a handgun and stuck it in the waistband of his pants. The 36-year-old lineman did not threaten or point the .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol at the two bank employees who were trying […]

LOWP plan could cut harmful Lake Okeechobee releases to Treasure Coast estuaries

OKEECHOBEE — Why are ‘environmentalists’ ignoring the importance of storage and treatment north of Lake Okeechobee? I have been writing about Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee and Everglades water quality issues for 30 years. For at least that many years, scientists have known the phosphorus levels going into the lake are too high. Unfortunately, in the […]