WPTV video: Will new Lake O discharges lead to another lost summer?

“A group of environmentalists met at the St. Lucie Locks in Stuart Monday to protest the Army Corps of Engineers decision to reopen the locks and move water east from the lake. That water was determined to be toxic last week by state officials.Things have changed a lot on Lake Okeechobee in the past week … 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: Local Floridians at Capitol tell of shooting, fright, confusion

From The Palm Beach Post: “The shooting erupted shortly after the end of a Congressional hearing on pollution in Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee River. Mark Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society in Stuart, said he heard five or six gunshots near the area where buses drop-off tourists visiting the capitol.” … Click here to read more

Nathaniel Reed’s solution to the polluted Lake O discharges crippling the Indian River Lagoon

From Jupiter Island’s Nathaniel Reed: “If the state and the federal government don’t embark on a plan that is far more expensive than what we can afford as a state, then the almost too regular discharge of billions of gallons of polluted water will haunt us long into the future.” … Click here to read more

Lake O releases to increase

WGCU reports that as of Friday, the lake level was 15.24 feet. US Army Corps of Engineers’ spokesman, John Campbell, said at 15 and a half feet the maximum optimum level has been exceeded so the release schedule needs to be adjusted. … Click here to read more