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

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