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 […]

Two more SFWMD board members resign

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request that all members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board resign, two board members have agreed to step down. Dan O’Keefe and Carlos Diaz have given their letters of resignation. SFWMD Governing Board members are unpaid volunteers. All of those on the board at the time Gov. DeSantis […]

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 […]

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 […]

Federal officials tour Everglades restoration projects

On Aug. 15, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez and Executive Director Ernie Marks joined the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James to highlight some of the major Everglades restoration projects targeted at reducing Lake Okeechobee discharges to the northern estuaries. Additional participants included U.S. Army […]

Lakeside Ranch STA contract approved

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board last week awarded a contract to build the final piece of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project, the S-191A Pump Station. In cooperation with the other coordinating agencies, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, SFWMD’s project […]

S-127 Lock on Lake Okeechobee to temporarily close starting Aug. 13

The north shore lock at Buckhead Ridge will be closed for repairs (Click the map to see a larger version.) OKEECHOBEE — For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the S-127 navigation lock at Buckhead Ridge in Glades County is scheduled to be closed from Monday, Aug. 13, through Wednesday, Aug. 22. During that […]

SFWMD announces 8th consecutive year with no property tax increase

For the eighth consecutive year, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board has acted to protect taxpayers from increased taxes. The Governing Board reviewed a tentative budget for the next fiscal year and approved locking in a property tax rate where residents will pay the same amount of property taxes as last year […]

Landowners question LOWRP plan at June 18 meeting

Glades County residents who own the land within the footprint of the tentatively selected Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Plan want assurances that the project will actually benefit Lake Okeechobee. At the June 18 meeting with South Florida Water Management District Officials at Indian River State College, many expressed frustration with past dealings with the state […]

Wetlands project proposed north of lake

A shallow reservoir and increased wetlands are proposed just north of Lake Okeechobee adjacent to the Kissimmee River in Glades County. The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project LOWRP) includes a Wetland Attenuation Feature with a footprint of approximately 12,500 acres, 80 Aquifer Storage and Recover (ASR) wells, restoration of the Paradise Run wetland and restoration […]