Senate passes water bill authorizing southern reservoir, Congressman Mast says

From WPTV: “The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that authorizes a planned EAA Reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, according to Congressman Brian Mast. He now says it will be sent to President Trump to sign into law … Click here to read more

NEW: Frustrated community told no easy fix for algae woes

From The Palm Beach Post: “A community filled Stuart City Hall on Friday, spilling into hallways where residents strained to hear what they hoped would be fast-track fixes for their algae-poisoned waterways. ‘In other words, this is a waste of time,’ someone yelled from the audience, which was 100-strong in the commission chambers with another estimated 100 outside … Click here to read more

BREAKING: Scientists feared Lake O’s algae bloom would do this

From The Palm Beach Post: “The most recent satellite image of Lake Okeechobee’s blue-green algae bloom shows it grew over the weekend after falling to 30 percent coverage earlier this month. A Sunday image shows about 40 percent of the lake infected with the cyanobacteria. That’s about 220 square miles … Click here to read more

US Army Corps of Engineers to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

From The USACE: “Today, the lake stage is 14.05 feet. The Corps will release water to the St. Lucie Estuary from the lake in a ‘pulse’ fashion, which means flows will vary during the seven-day release period.  The Corps is working with state officials to determine what other actions can be taken to address water management challenges in south Florida … Click here to read more

Bullsugar update: ‘Toxic algae confirmed, Adam Putnam’s corruption a factor’

From Bullsugar.org: “The first confirmed outbreak of toxic algae surfaced less than a week after Lake Okeechobee discharges began. Florida DEP expanded testing yesterday. Businesses and residents on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee are bracing for another Toxic Summer. This is a political crisis as much as a water crisis, … Click here to read more

Lake O releases begin Friday, June 1

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will start releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this weekend as part of its effort to manage rising water levels. The discharges are scheduled to begin Friday (June 1).  … Click here to read more

Poor health of Lake Okeechobee is not a good sign for coastal communities

From WPTV: “Scientists believe Hurricane Irma wiped out the vegetation that grows in Lake Okeechobee. So what does that mean when discharges into the estuaries potentially resume? … Click here to read more

SFWMD unveils latest model results for Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project

“South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) staff yesterday held its eighth public meeting in two months on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir Project and presented stakeholders and interested parties with model results detailing projected benefits of the alternative plans. The results show … Click here to read more

Corps continues to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

For the second time in the past two weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee. Starting Friday (Dec. 1), the target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to 1,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. … Click here to read more

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