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 […]

EAA Reservoir won’t be ‘designed on the back of a napkin’

WEST PALM BEACH – The Everglades Foundation’s claim at the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir could be designed, engineered and constructed in four years is confusing the public at a time South Florida residents should be united in supporting construction of the reservoir, according to some members of the Water Resources Analysis Coalition who reviewed […]

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 […]

Okeechobee Music Festival might return in 2020

OKEECHOBEE — An email from the Okeechobee Music Festival on Nov. 29 confirmed that there will not be a festival in 2019 — but added they are looking forward to returning in 2020. “Greetings, Okeechobeeings,” the email states. “After much consideration and looking at many different options, we have decided to take a fallow year […]

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, […]

EAA reservoir site leased for farming

The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Governing Board voted Nov. 8 to approve an eight-year lease with Florida Crystals on 16,150 acres of state land in the footprint of the future site of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir. After 20 months, SFWMD can terminate the lease with four months’ notice, if SFWMD is […]

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 […]