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 — […]

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 […]

REPAIR Act could help with funding for Everglades restoration

A bill filed last week by U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney could help speed funding of Herbert Hoover Dike repairs and Everglades restoration projects. Congressman Rooney’s Florida Congressional Distinct 17 includes Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades and Charlotte counties, and  parts of Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough and Lee counties. On Thursday, Congressman Rooney introduced the Responsible Environmental […]