S-193 Lock on Lake Okeechobee North Shore Reopened to Boat Traffic

West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today reopened the S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek to boat traffic entering and leaving Lake Okeechobee. The lock had been closed to navigation since Monday following several inches of rainfall north of the lake over a few hours. SFWMD used the lock […]

S-193 Lock on Lake Okeechobee closed to until further notice

SFWMD water managers are using the lock to assist with flood control On May 14, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) opened the gates of the S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek to assist with flood control north of Lake Okeechobee. As a result of this operation, the lock will be closed to boat […]

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 […]

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 […]

Herbert Hoover Dike protects much of South Florida

The safety of the Herbert Hoover Dike is vital to the people of the Glades. Those who live around the Big O’s southern shores in South Bay, Belle Glade, Moore Haven and Clewiston know the danger they could be in if the dike failed. The dike also protects the farms of the Everglades Agricultural Area […]

S-127 lock on Lake Okeechobee reopens for navigation

Repairs completed on boat lock on north shore of lake (Click the map to see a larger version.) OKEECHOBEE – For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the S-127 lock at Buckhead Ridge in Glades County will reopen for navigation on Saturday, Feb. 17. The lock was closed on Feb. 5 to allow field station staff […]

High lake levels prevent recovery

In other areas of the country, people pray for rain. Okeechobee fishermen are praying for a drought. In September, Hurricane Irma churned the waters of the Big Lake, ripped up aquatic vegetation and left the shoreline littered with uprooted plants. After the storm, drainage from the north caused the lake to rise rapidly, drowning the […]

S-127 lock on Lake Okeechobee to temporarily close for three weeks

OKEECHOBEE — For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the S-127 lock at Buckhead Ridge in Glades County is scheduled to be closed for approximately three weeks beginning Monday, Feb. 5. Field station staff from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be refurbishing part of the hydraulic system after exhausting efforts to […]

Lake bottom muck inspires many theories

The muck at the bottom of Lake Okeechobee is believed to contain more than 50,000 metric tons of phosphorus. That “legacy” phosphorus contributes to the high levels of phosphorus in the lake, especially during periods of high water levels and turbidity. Where did the phosphorus in the lake bottom muck come from? There are a […]