Corps to suspend flows from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will suspend water releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries effective Monday morning, July 9. … Click here to read more

ALERT – Lake O algae sample is toxic: Florida DEP

From Bullsugar.org: On Friday Florida DEP confirmed that the algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee off Clewiston tested positive for microcystin. The algae is toxic. The news went largely unreported … Click here to read more

WPTV: Possible algae spotted at Riverland Marina in Martin County along St. Lucie River

“This may be the first algae spotted on the river since the U.S. Army Corps began discharging water from Lake Okeechobee. More may be coming down the canal as well … Click here to read more

Water quality declining on the Treasure Coast

From WPTV: “Treasure Coast residents say they are noticing the steady decline of the quality of the water in the Indian River Lagoon. Now, residents are calling for politicians to work quickly, and stick to their word to build another water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee … Click here to read more

Corps to increase discharges from Lake O

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will increase flows from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries starting this weekend. Effective Friday (Sept. 23) – The new target flow for the St. Lucie is 1,800 cfs measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. Additional runoff from rain in the St. Lucie basin could occasionally result in flows that exceed targets … Click here to read more

Politicians’ gravy train has brought Lake O to its knees

“We are suffering this disaster because the sugar industry will not part with enough land, even if overpriced, to send Lake Okeechobee water south every year. It is just that simple … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: It’s summer, and here comes the slime

“If you live on the estuary in Stuart, or along the St. Lucie River, summer time is algae time. This year, the ribbons of goop have arrived early. The discharges go on day after day, week after week — perhaps the most massive, long-term act of pollution in the country, and it’s committed annually by the government. No president, including Barack Obama, has made a priority of stopping it … Click here to read more

CBS: Fish kill prompts concern from locals about Lake O discharges

“The water quality along the Treasure Coast continues to be a hot button issue and now fish kills are prompting concern from locals. Now, a massive fish kill farther north has some residents worried that it could happen nearby … Click here to read more

Martin businesses affected by Lake O discharges: Complete survey for potential disaster relief

Martin County encourages local businesses which are being impacted by the damaging Lake Okeechobee discharges that have been released into our waterways since January complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey that can be obtained … Click here to read more

CBS: Lake O’ discharges to continue at max levels, possibly through June

The water is so dirty, commissioners declared a state of emergency for the environment and the marine-based economy. … Click here to read more

WPTV: Martin County residents protest Lake Okeechobee discharges at Putnam event

“The protesters chose the Elliott Museum because Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was the keynote speaker at am Economic Council of Martin County event there Thursday night. … Click here to read more