Warnings similar for very different hazards

OKEECHOBEE — Warnings given by Florida State agencies about potential hazards in Florida waterways give the same advice for two very different potential hazards. Some of the Florida Wildlife Commission rules for living with alligators can also apply to algae. For example: Don’t feed the alligators/algae. Keep pets away from alligators/algae. Do not swim in […]

Nitrogen from the air helps fuel blue-green algae

OKEECHOBEE — 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 […]

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 […]

New NOAA image shows algae in 45 percent of lake

As the long, hot summer continues, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to track cyanobacteria concentrations in Lake Okeechobee. The computer-generated image is derived from data using satellite imagery capturing spectrums of light not visible to the human eye. Cloud cover and wind can affect the satellite data. The image from Aug. 9 “is […]

Blue-green algae in about 30 percent of lake

OKEECHOBEE – Satellite images show cyanobacteria in about 30 percent of Lake Okeechobee. Images acquired on Aug. 6 are partly obscure by clouds on the eastern side of the lake, according to Dr. Sachi Mishra of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Blooms are clearly visible in […]

Sen. Nelson says federal government will complete dike work by 2022

OKEECHOBEE — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was in Okeechobee on Friday for a roundtable discussion with local community leaders at the Williamson Conference Center on the Okeechobee campus of Indian River State College. “The state of Florida passed a constitutional amendment that we want to take the real estate transaction tax to go into a […]

Property owners oppose siting of reservoir near SR 78

OKEECHOBEE — “We knew this meeting was going to be personal,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer A. Reynolds, deputy district commander for South Florida in the Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, at the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) meeting held Aug. 2 in the Williamson Conference Center at Indian River State College in Okeechobee. […]

Algal bloom in lake drops to 17 percent

OKEECHOBEE — Satellite imagery released Aug. 3 shows the cyanobacteria bloom in Lake Okeechobee has dropped. Images taken Aug. 2 show cyanobacteria in about 17 percent of the lake (about 93 square miles). The last image available, from July 29, showed cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae) in about 40 percent of the big lake. The […]

Disposal of sewage from urban areas contributes to phosphorus load to lake

OKEECHOBEE — Florida farmers are sometimes blamed for nutrient loading that originated in the coastal urban areas, according to Dr. Paul Gray of Florida Audubon. Dr. Gray gave a presentation on the issues affecting Lake Okeechobee’s water quality at the July 31 meeting of the Okeechobee Rotary Club. For many years, the coastal communities were […]

Satellite images show algal bloom changing; researchers still in ‘wait and watch’ mode

OKEECHOBEE — Satellite imagery continues to show changes in the cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee. Due to the lack of a broadbased regular sampling program, researchers can only speculate about what the images mean based on their knowledge of the lake and experience with algal blooms in similar bodies of water. The imagery from July 2 […]