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 — […]

USACE to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee over the weekend. Starting Friday, June 22, the target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary will be reduced to 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) located near Fort Myers. The target flow for […]

Taylor Creek (S-193) Lock on Lake Okeechobee’s north shore closed to boat traffic

OKEECHOBEE — On Monday, May 14, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) opened the gates of the S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek to assist with flood control north of Lake Okeechobee. As a result of this operation, the lock will be closed to boat traffic until further notice. Tropical moisture has already brought […]

EAA reservoir plan is ‘based on sound science’

OKEECHOBEE — State and federal water managers usually live in a world in which a “fast tracked” project has a three-year time line for the preliminary planning phase, and an indefinite waiting period for funding to be appropriated. Last year the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 10, requiring the South Florida Water Management District to […]

Everglades Coalition wants EAA reservoir project to have larger footprint

The South Florida Water Management District’s proposed alternatives for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir are massive projects. The smaller option would cover 10,100 acres, the larger option 19,700 acres. According to the Everglades Coalition, that’s not big enough. The day before the SFWMD’s top alternatives went to the Florida Senate for consideration, the Everglades […]

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 […]