Blue-green algae bloom now in lake is fueled by nitrogen from the air

Tests by the University of Florida show the cyanobacteria bloom in the lake has changed. At the start of the summer, the dominant type was a species of Microcystis, according to Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDEP) tests. In late July, the Microcystis bloom appeared to die off. A new bloom that has grown in […]

Corps to resume Lake Okeechobee releases; 85 percent of flow to St. Lucie since May was local basin runoff; 73 percent of flow to Caloosahatchee River from local basin runoff

“It is important to identify the problems. The Lake Okeechobee dynamic is a part of the problem, but let’s be clear, it’s actually a smaller part of the overall problem when we talk about estuarian health,” said Col. Jason Kirk, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Corps to resume releases from Lake Okeechobee on Friday

With Lake Okeechobee approaching 14.5 feet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will resume water releases this weekend as part of its continued efforts to manage flood risk throughout south Florida. The discharges are scheduled to resume Friday (July 13). The target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is a 14-day average of […]

Flow suspended from Lake Okeechobee to coastal estuaries

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District suspended water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries effective this morning (July 9). The Corps had halted Lake Okeechobee flows to the St. Lucie Estuary on June 30, but were still releasing some lake water to the Caloosahatchee River […]

Increased flow under Tamiami Trail helps Everglades, but won’t move Lake Okeechobee water south

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will raise the water level in the L-29 Canal (along the Tamiami Trail) and will move more water under the Tamiami Trail to Everglades National Park, but don’t expect water from Lake Okeechobee to flow south anytime soon. The Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiamai Trail are […]

NOAA: Blue-green algae in 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — As the summer heat wave continues, cyanobacteria can be found in nearly 90 percent of the big lake, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Cyanobacteria, commonly called “blue green algae,” — although it is not actually algae — sometimes produces toxins. So far, Florida Department of Environmental Protection tests have shown […]

Toxic algal bloom found in Caloosahatchee River

Low levels of the toxin microcystin were detected in water collected in Lake Okeechobee where a large algal bloom has been reported, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. Higher levels of microcystin were detected on the Caloosahatchee River in Glades County and in Lee County. The highest level of toxins detected this week […]

Algal bloom doesn’t affect fishing on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — The water may be green in some parts of the lake, but fishermen on both the north and south sides of Lake Okeechobee report the summer has been a good one for fishing. “The fishing is pretty good first thing in the morning,” said Mike Krause at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters on Thursday. “I […]

Corps to reduce lake releases to St. Lucie Canal

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will temporarily reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee over the coming days. Starting today (June 29), the target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to a 14-day average of 585 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart.  […]

Governor issues emergency order to send lake water ‘south’; Water conservation areas south of lake already full; Flow south from WCAs blocked by Tamiami Trail

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee south, but existing water conveyance structures, direct rainfall south of the lake, the Tamiami Trail and the Department of the Interior make that difficult, if not impossible. Heavy rain in May — some areas received more than 400 percent of average rainfall — […]