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 […]

Aquatic vegetation key to improving water quality, says Scott Martin

The key to improving water quality in Lake Okeechobee is restoring the aquatic vegetation, according to professional angler Scott Martin. Mr. Martin spoke to the Water Resources Analysis Coalition at its Oct. 4 meeting in West Palm Beach. “I have lived around Lake Okeechobee my whole life,” he said. “I fished it since I was […]

Loss of aquatic vegetation means ‘the lake is hurting’

High water levels are hurting Lake Okeechobee’s ecological balance. Water Resources Director Terrie Bates explained the issue at the July 12 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. She said it is due to the lasting effects of Hurricane Irma, which churned the waters of the Big O and dumped enough rain […]

Corps awards contract for dike rehabilitation in Glades County

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has awarded a contract to replace a water control structure in Glades County as part of the ongoing Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation project. The corps awarded the contract to Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. of Orlando on Wednesday, July 25. The $17.3 million contract covers replacement of the […]

LOBA ramping up its social media activity

Amid all the noise being made over algae blooms and nutrient-stifled waterways supposedly originating from Lake Okeechobee, the Lake O Business Alliance has steadily been raising its profile online to counter what LOBA Founder/President Julia du Plooy of Clewiston calls misinformation wrongly aiming blame at the Big Lake’s farming communities. But, rather than redirect the […]

Anglers report great fishing on Lake Okeechobee

Media reports algal bloom hurt tourism Lake Okeechobee is open for business, but negative reports from coastal media — often accompanied by 2016 images of the algal bloom on the Treasure Coast — are scaring tourists away this summer. Local anglers have been boasting about catching big bass all summer, and posting photos on social […]

Lake O releases are on hold indefinitely

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 […]

Corps to reduce lake releases to St. Lucie Canal

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has reduced flows from Lake Okeechobee over the coming days. Starting Friday (June 29), the target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary was reduced to a 14-day average of 585 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart.  The target flow for the […]

Algae does not hamper lake fishing

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 Marina & Resort on June 25. She […]

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 […]