Algae coming from many discharge sources

Record rainfall in May and continuing heavy rains this month are causing ecological damage, according to a report given by South Florida Water Management District Water Resources Director Terrie Bates at the June 14 meeting of the SFWMD Governing Board. Algae found in the St. Lucie watershed is coming from many sources, not just from […]

Federal funding for EAA reservoir could be delayed

Plans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee could face funding delays. While Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Civil Works) R.D. James found the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir plan feasible, the review assessment submitted to the Office of Management and Budget also imposed conditions for implementation. “I have determined that the project identified in […]

District wants to increase water flow south

The South Florida Water Management District is using all of the tools in the box to deal with the runoff from May’s record-breaking rainfall. “Water levels throughout the district — which is made up of 16 counties in South Florida — are very high after record-breaking rainfall in May,” SFWMD spokesman Randy Smith said at […]

Lake Okeechobee featured on national TV show

Lake Okeechobee is the site of this weekend’s episode of BrushPile Fishing, a crappie-based fishing show that is broadcast nationally on the Pursuit Channel. This episode is presented by Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County (LORE) and features B’n’M Poles Pro Staff Angler Whitey Outlaw alongside BrushPile host Russ Bailey as the […]

More study needed to deal with the algal blooms What we don’t know CAN hurt us

Nearly two years after the ‘guacamole’ algae bloom that blanketed the Treasure Coast in the summer of 2016, there are plenty of theories, but we don’t “know” the cause. The prevailing theory was that algae in the freshwater released from Lake Okeechobee through the C-44 canal seeded the bloom, which grew to thick mats when […]

Most of big lake’s water loss is to evaporation

Weather patterns are on track to drop Lake Okeechobee to 12.5 feet by the start of the rainy season, according to a forecast shared at the last meeting of the 16 County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries, and Lake Worth Lagoon. Not all forecasters agree with the […]

T-H Marine FLW BFL returns to Lake O

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament season continues Saturday, April 14, for Gator Division anglers with a tournament on Lake Okeechobee. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000, respectively, in the one-day tournament. This event is hosted by Roland and Mary […]

EAA reservoir plan sent to Corps of Engineers

Plans for the proposed Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir continue to move forward. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has submitted its plan to build the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir for federal approval. If approved, the EAA reservoir will be built as part of the congressionally approved Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). This […]

Lake level expected to continue to drop

Water managers predict that the level of Lake Okeechobee, at 14.37 feet on Friday, will continue to drop and could reach 12.5 feet by June. If it happens, that dry-season drop would be beneficial to the lake’s ecology, according to biologists. “It’s dry. In the near term, it is going to stay dry,” said Cal […]

FDEP approves plan for EAA reservoir project

The long-awaited Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir project moved closer to realization on March 5, when a secretarial order was signed by Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein. This project was the subject of Senate Bill 10, Audubon Florida’s top 2017 legislative priority. During the development of the project, which occurred on a speedy […]