US Rep. Brian Mast wants to speed up Lake Okeechobee reservoir project

WPTV reports that “U.S. Congressman Brian Mast has unveiled a proposal that would speed up the completion of Everglades restoration projects, including a massive reservoir system south of Lake Okeechobee approved by the Florida Legislature this year … 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

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

Corps to increase flows from Lake Okeechobee

The new target flow for the St. Lucie is 1,800 cfs as 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 the target … Click here to read more

Martin County requests extension for comments for Army Corps permit for All Aboard Florida

Martin County joins Indian River County and Congressman Bill Posey in requesting a time extension for the comment period of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) permit application for the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF aka Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project. … Click here to read more

Lake O at highest level since 2005: Army Corps of Engineers increases flows

From the Army Corps of Engineers: “Lake Okeechobee water level for Monday, Feb. 1 is 16.14 ft., up 0.06 feet since yesterday. This is the highest Lake Okeechobee has been since it peaked at 17.12 feet in Nov., 2005. With the rise in Lake Okeechobee accelerating, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced its intent to increase flows to higher levels … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Thank activists for revealing Port Mayaca green algae menace

From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz: “Martin County river warriors scored a small victory when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporarily stopped dumping the lake’s excess water into the river after residents found toxic algae — which can harm people, animals and fish — in the lake. But on Monday, lake water again will be pouring out of the St. Lucie Lock … Click here to read more

Corps to increase flows as Lake O rises

With levels in Lake Okeechobee rising over the past month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will increase discharges to the east and west to help ensure safe management of lake levels during the upcoming wet season. … Click here to read more

DEP issues permit for Herbert Hoover Dike repair

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a consolidated Environmental Resource Permit, or ERP, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Repair and Rehabilitation Project (R&R Project). The project is located within five counties: Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach. … Click here to read more

Deadline for comments on Central Everglades Planning Project extended through November 1

Public and agency comments will be accepted through November 1. Additional review time will be necessary to complete the draft report as a result of the time lost during the recent government shutdown. … Click here to read more

Webcam updates: Corps announces plans to reduce discharges from Lake O next week

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced plans to further reduce the water discharges from Lake Okeechobee next week. The Corps expects to suspend water releases from the lake to the St. Lucie Estuary starting Monday (Oct. 21), although runoff from the St Lucie Canal will be allowed to pass through the St. Lucie Lock as needed. … Click here to read more