Algae in St. Lucie coming from many sources

OKEECHOBEE — Record rainfall in May and continuing heavy rains this month are causing ecological damage, according to a report given by South Florida Water Management District Water Resources Director Terrie Bates at the June 14 meeting of the SFWMD Governing Board. Algae found in the St. Lucie watershed is coming from many sources, not […]

Flood control systems protect South Floridians

OKEECHOBEE — The Central and South Florida Flood Control Project, had some unintended consequences, but the project did what the engineers set out to do, and because of that flood control project millions of people now live, work, play and farm in areas that would otherwise be under water part of the year. The South […]

Will feds pay their share for EAA reservoir?

OKEECHOBEE — Will the federal government fund 50 percent of the cost of the planned Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir? At their June 14 meeting, members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board expressed concern that the federal government might not provide the expected 50-50 match to build the EAA reservoir. The reservoir […]

Algae testing takes time, says FDEP

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Algae is part of the natural ecosystem in lakes, rivers and streams worldwide. Algae is ever-present in Lake Okeechobee, even when it is not visible in a bloom; boaters and fishermen are used to seeing algae in the water column or blown about by the winds. Since the U.S. Army Corps of […]

Mast calls for halt to lake discharges

OKEECHOBEE — On June 7, U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) called on the United States Army Corps to cease discharges from Lake Okeechobee “until the water quality is deemed safe or an imminent threat to life exists.” Rep. Mast also invited the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (who overseas the Army Corps) […]

Flow of water to Florida Bay hampered by efforts to protect endangered bird

OKEECHOBEE — A very wet start to the wet season, with a named tropical storm before the start of hurricane season, meant triple the normal rainfall in the month of May for the South Florida Water Management District. Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiami Trail are brimming with freshwater — with water levels […]

Water managers hope to send more water south

OKEECHOBEE — The South Florida Water Management District is using all of the tools in the box to deal with the runoff from May’s record-breaking rainfall. “Water levels throughout the district – which is made up of 16 counties in south Florida are very high after record-breaking rainfall in May,” said Randy Smith at SFWMD […]

Federal funding for EAA reservoir could be delayed

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee could face funding delays. While the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Civil Works) R.D. James found the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir plan feasible, the review assessment submitted to the Office of Management and Budget also placed some conditions for implementation. “I have determined that […]

EAA reservoir plans move forward

OKEECHOBEE — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir project plans continue to move forward. On June 4, Everglades Foundation COO Shannon A. Estenoz issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of plans for the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir: “We are pleased the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of […]

Dike work on track, but funding critical

OKEECHOBEE — “We’re in for a wet year,” Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer A. Reynolds of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon at its June 1 meeting. The lake right now is the second-highest it has been […]