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 […]

FWC asked to stop chemical spraying of aquatic vegetation

ST. AUGUSTINE — At the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Dec. 12 meeting, concerned citizens spoke out against excessive chemical spraying of aquatic plants. “I’ve spent the better part of the last six months trying to figure out what is going on with the red tide,” said Jim Abernethy, author of the “Stop the […]

Petition against spraying to be heard by FWC

CLEWISTON — Advocates of clean water in Florida are jumping on a bandwagon that started rolling late last summer when marine life expert Jim Abernethy of West Palm Beach started a petition calling for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to cease its spraying of herbicides in freshwater lakes. Mr. Abernethy, who’s won […]

Corps continues work on dike, C-43 and C-44 reservoirs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2019 Civil Works Appropriations, including construction funding for work on the Herbert Hoover Dike, the C-43 and C-44 reservoirs. On Sept. 21, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 115-244, of which Division A is […]

Water supply plan depends on lake

Lake Okeechobee is one of the water sources critical to supplying water for the growing population of the Lower East Coast under the South Florida Water Management District Lower East Coast (LEC) Water Supply Plan. At their Nov. 8 meeting, the SFWMD Governing Board approved an update of the Lower East Coast Water Supply Plan, […]

Local youth leadership group takes Lake O learning adventure

CLEWISTON — Hendry Glades Youth Leadership members were treated Thursday, Nov. 8, to an educational field trip aboard pontoon boats out on Lake Okeechobee, courtesy of Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Resort and its general manager, Ramon Iglesias. He said he’d been approached by adult leaders of the troupe who asked if they […]

Lake level critical to improving aquatic vegetation

Maintaining the lake level below 15.5 ft. is key to restoring native aquatic plants in Lake Okeechobee according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) report. Mariah McInnis, of FWC, explained the use of chemical herbicides for aquatic plant management on the lake. She said the aquatic spraying is sometimes blamed for the loss […]

DeSantis claims EAA reservoir ‘will solve our algae crisis’

Trump signs WRDA Bill Former Congressman Ron DeSantis is the latest in a string of politicians to claim credit for the planned Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir. “I was instrumental in getting the federal component for the southern reservoir, which is going to solve our toxic algae crisis, in this year’s water bill,” said Mr. DeSantis […]