Martin County update on Lake O

Lake Okeechobee was at 17.16 feet as of Sunday, October 8, and continues to increase with inflows from the Kissimmee of approximately 22,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). “Maximum practicable flows” to the St. Lucie River are being made from the Lake, meaning that the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing as much water as they can, … Click here to read more

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

Lake flows begin into St. Lucie River

From WPTV: “The rain from Hurricane Irma is gone, but the overflow is still pouring into Lake Okeechobee. Levels right now are just under 15 feet, but expected to rise to 17 feet if no action is taken … Click here to read more

Florida governor signs Lake Okeechobee bill, 10 others

From WFLA: “A plan to build reservoirs south of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to treat polluted water before it flows downstream is now law. Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill on Tuesday, which was a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

Final passage of Negron Bill: Plan to reduce Lake O discharges heads to Gov Scott

Senate Bill 10, Water Resources, by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) saw final passage in both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives today. The legislation will now be sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Senate Bill 10 authorizes a significant increase in southern water storage to further the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee, a priority of Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) … Click here to read more

Lawmakers agree to pay for Lake Okeechobee reservoir

From WPTV: “Historic action was taken Tuesday to try to avoid a future algae crisis on the Treasure Coast. The Florida House and Senate agreed to pay for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb future lake discharges to the east and west … Click here to read more

Revised Lake Okeechobee bill heads to the Senate floor

From The Associated Press: “Top Florida Republicans have taken a big step toward making their plan of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee an easier-to-swallow proposal for its opponents. A Senate budget committee on Wednesday approved drastic changes to the project, which seeks to divert toxic algae blooms … Click here to read more

US Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t expect to see water releases like 2016

From WPTV: “Even though there are not drastic changes as to how the Army Corps of Engineers stores and releases water, it doesn’t think we will see conditions that created the murky, toxic blue-green algae that plagued the Treasure Coast; and the reason is rain … Click here to read more

Sugar farmers balk at selling land for reservoir

From WPTV: “Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won’t be ‘willing sellers’ to the state … 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

Corps to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee this weekend as it begins a transition toward dry-season operations … Click here to read more