Martin County warns of flooding threats during rain, high tides

From WPTV: “Martin County officials are monitoring coastal conditions and areas in western Martin County for flooding due to heavy rains and king tides. With regard to Lake Okeechobee and the S-80 structure, ‘Martin County continues to work in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to manage the flow … Click here to read more

Replumbing South Florida

From Fly Rod & Reel: “After heavy rains last winter the Army Corps of Engineers protected cattle ranchers, dairy farmers and sugarcane growers in Lake Okeechobee’s watershed by dumping their polluted water on distant residents of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. This time at least 161 cities suffered … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: Reject columnist’s conclusion

CARE FL is a coalition created by a group of concerned community leaders, organizations and neighbors in South Florida and the Treasure Coast, emphasizing that continued rail expansion will have a significant and negative impact on our communities. Robert Crandall of Palm City, a member of the CARE FL Steering Committee, and also former CEO of American Airlines … Click here to read more

Funeral services for Indian River Lagoon at St. Lucie Lock and Dam, May 3

Activists says last week’s delay by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) regarding the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) is the death knell for the Indian River Lagoon, and a funeral event is planned to mourn the loss. … Click here to read more

Stuart Republican Negron tells Congress: Give jurisdiction over Lake ‘O’ releases to Florida

The Sunshine State News reports that Stuart Republican Joe Negron, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin (IRLLOB), called on Florida’s congressional delegation to push for federal legislation to remove the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ sole jurisdiction over Lake Okeechobee releases. See his letter … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Lake O dumping kills fish – and bait business

“With Martin County Health Department warnings posted on beaches and riverbanks telling people not to touch waters polluted with toxic, blue-green algae, ‘people took their boats out of the water and stored them. They didn’t want to get sprayed if they went out on the water. And they were scared to eat the fish.’” … Click here to read more

Jupiter Island, Martin County unite to urge federal officials to protect waterways and coast

The Town Commission of Jupiter Island united with the Martin County Board of County Commissioners in two resolutions urging federal officials to prioritize local projects experts deem essential to Everglades Restoration and protecting the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon. The inter-governmental collaboration extended to local beaches as well. … Click here to read more

ABC News: Corps runs out of sand for Miami-Dade beaches, looks to Treasure Coast to renourish

There’s more than enough sand available off southeastern Florida for beach renourishment projects in five counties over the next 50 years, according to a new study by the corps and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. However, almost all of it is located in state or federal waters off St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties — not Broward or Miami-Dade. … Click here to read more

Martin County Commission: ‘Speak up for the St. Lucie’

Commissioners and citizens are greatly concerned about the impact of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to release water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. If you are concerned over the repeated insult to our estuary caused by these releases, you can help by “speaking up” in the following ways … Click here to read more

Army Corps to begin Lake O releases today, Rep. Murphy comments

U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) made the following statement in response to the announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers that releases from Lake Okeechobee are scheduled to begin today … Click here to read more

Who decides when we will get Lake O releases? How do they decide?

TCPalm provides a look at the entities and considerations involved in deciding how water is dumped into and out of Lake Okeechobee. These interests are multi-layered, complex and often compete with one another. Ultimately, it is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency, that operates what has been designed predominantly as a flood control system with input from the South Florida Water Management District, a state agency. … Click here to read more