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 […]

SFWMD to close locks as lake levels continue to drop

WEST PALM BEACH — For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will soon close several navigation locks on the north shore for safety reasons. The closures are a result of persistent drier-than-average conditions that have reduced water levels in Lake Okeechobee. Injury and lock damage could occur […]

Lower water level helps lake’s ecology

After Hurricane Irma hit South Florida in September 2017, the water level in Lake Okeechobee rose to a high of 17 feet. That high water level had a devastating effect on all the submerged vegetation on the lake, including hydrilla, eel grass and pepper grass, which grow best at around a lake level of 9 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee

MOORE HAVEN — A prescribed burn will be conducted on 3,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee between the Moore Haven Canal and Sportsman Cut on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the lake. This will be done as a joint effort by the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish and Wildlife […]

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 Change.org petition calling for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to cease its spraying of herbicides in freshwater lakes. Mr. Abernethy, who’s won […]

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 […]