Water quality rally puts focus on lake

CLEWISTON — Floridians from the East and West coasts set out to rally at Clewiston’s Herbert Hoover Dike Boat Ramp on Saturday morning of July 14. Around a hundred participants organized as the “Save Our Fisheries Convoy,” lead by Josh Greer, a charter fishing guide from Punta Gorda. “I’m not here to protest, I’m not […]

NOAA imagery shows algal bloom decreasing

The latest images from space show the blue-green algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee is decreasing. Imagery from July 2 showed signs of cyanobacteria in 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee. Since the satellite images are only available at set intervals, NOAA was unable to get usable photos July 6-13 due to cloud cover. The July 14 […]

Cyanobacteria in water column, not on lake’s surface

The good news: The surface of Lake Okeechobee is NOT covered in blue-green algae, toxic or otherwise. The bad news: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is a large concentration of cyanobacteria (sometimes called “blue-green algae”) in the lake. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, some of the samples […]

Lake O releases are put on hold

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday in Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Okeechobee, Lee, Glades and Hendry counties on both coasts of Florida because of algae blooms in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. The governor’s order gives state agencies more flexibility in managing fallout from the harmful algae blooms now […]

Public invited to comment on reservoir plan

Plans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee continue to move forward. The public had another chance to ask questions and comment on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir project June 27 at a meeting in Clewiston sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Similar meetings took place June 26 in LeHigh and June […]

Algae doesn’t affect Big O fishing

Local anglers report great fishing on lake The water may be green in some parts of the lake, but fishermen on both the north and south sides of Lake Okeechobee report the summer has been a good one for fishing. “The fishing is great,” said Mary Ann Martin of the Roland and Mary Ann Martin […]

Algal blooms reported throughout the area

Heavy rainfall in May and June followed by hot summer weather has led to increased reports of algal blooms and cyanobacteria blooms in South Florida. A combination of hot weather, low salinity, nitrogen and phosphorus can cause algae and cyanobacteria to grow rapidly; this is called a “bloom.” Laboratory tests are required to determine what […]

Satellite images show massive algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is monitoring what they believe to be a large cyanobacteria bloom on Lake Okeechobee. According to Oceanographer Michelle Tomlinson of the NOAA National Ocean Service, they have been monitoring satellite photos of the lake since the start of June. Ms. Tomlinson shared the following information about the images. • […]

Will feds pay share of cost for planned EAA reservoir?

Will the federal government fund 50 percent of the cost of the planned Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir? At their June 14 meeting, members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board expressed concern that the federal government might not provide the expected 50-50 match to build the EAA reservoir. The reservoir is part […]

Algae testing takes time, says Department of Environmental Regulation

Algae is part of the natural ecosystem in lakes, rivers and streams worldwide. Algae is ever-present in Lake Okeechobee, even when it is not visible in a bloom; boaters and fishermen are used to seeing algae in the water column or blown about by the winds. Since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing […]