Reservoir will lift many (economic) boats

LaBELLE — There will be ample opportunity for construction firms locally and in all of South Florida to cash in on lucrative contracts with the SFWMD as it finalizes plans for the gigantic C-43 Reservoir. Hendry County Commissioners Karson Turner and Michael Swindle were particularly pleased when Water Management District project chief Thomas McKernan mentioned […]

C-43 Reservoir update projects completion by 2022

LaBELLE — Hendry County commissioners learned at their regular meeting Jan. 22 where the huge project stands to build a Caloosahatchee River-cleansing reservoir, the C-43, in a presentation from South Florida Water Management District officials. Libby Pigman, the SFWMD’s Glades representative, told the board that “I’m fortunate tonight to have Thomas McKernan with me, who […]

FWC suspends aquatic spraying; sportsmen cautiously happy

A virtual celebration broke out last week in the internet forums of many different groups concerned about the chemical spraying of aquatic plants on lakes, rivers and canals. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission temporarily halted aquatic spraying on Jan. 28. There was an especially joyous reaction in the lake region, with sportsmen and […]

Lifting up prayers for Lake Okeechobee

Participants in Betty Osceola’s Healing Lake Okeechobee Prayer Walk stopped near Port Mayaca on Sunday afternoon to pick up supplies from supporters during a midday break in the rain. After a cold, wet night made sleeping difficult and raw, chilling cloudbursts induced shivers, the photographer met the group at the Port Mayaca Lock and decided […]

Two more SFWMD board members resign

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request that all members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board resign, two board members have agreed to step down. Dan O’Keefe and Carlos Diaz have given their letters of resignation. SFWMD Governing Board members are unpaid volunteers. All of those on the board at the time Gov. DeSantis […]

Governor DeSantis asks SFWMD board to resign

Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ request that all members of the South Florida Water Management District resign, two board members have agreed to leave the board. Dan O’Keefe and Carlos Diaz have given their letters of resignation. SFWMD Governing Board members are unpaid volunteers. All of those on the board at the time Gov. DeSantis took […]

SFWMD orders independent scientific review of lake

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board wants science to determine any changes to the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). At their Jan. 10 meeting in West Palm Beach, the board authorized entering into a contract with the University of Florida Board of Trustees for an independent scientific review to […]

Prescribed burn today on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — A prescribed burn is being conducted on 1,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee in the Pearce Canal area today, Thursday, Jan. 10, to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the lake. This will be done as a joint effort by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) […]

Water flow issues start in northern Everglades

You walk into your bathroom and see the bathtub is overflowing. What would you do? Would you run a hose out the window? Would you gather up pots and pans to store the water? Would you buy a bigger bathtub? Or, would you turn off the tap, and attempt to unclog the drain? Think of […]

Lake flow to river is subject of lawsuit

Releases of freshwater from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River are the topic of continuing lawsuits and protests by those seeking to increase releases during the dry season, or halt releases during the wet season. On Dec. 19, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) sent a letter to Col. Alan Dodd, U.S. Army Corps of […]