Lake O at highest level since 2005: Army Corps of Engineers increases flows

 

 

Following the Lake O flow (US Army Corps of Engineers)

From the Army Corps of Engineers: Lake Okeechobee water level for Monday, Feb. 1 is 16.14 ft., up 0.06 feet since yesterday. This is the highest Lake Okeechobee has been since it peaked at 17.12 feet in Nov., 2005.

With the rise in Lake Okeechobee accelerating, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced its intent to increase flows to higher levels as water managers continue to confront challenges brought about by El Nino conditions.

Starting Saturday (Jan. 30), the new target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is 6,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at Moore Haven Lock (S-77) located in the southwest part of the lake.  The new target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary is 2,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock (S-80) near Stuart. Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee or the St. Lucie basins could occasionally result in flows that exceed targets.

“The lake jumped a quarter of a foot over the past 24 hours,” said Jim Jeffords, Operations Division Chief for the Jacksonville District.  “With heavy rains contributing to increased flows and challenges throughout the system, we must use all available tools to protect the health and safety of people living and working in south Florida.”

For more information on water level and flows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps’ water management website at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/WaterManagement.aspx.

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