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Reservoir alternatives considered

OKEECHOBEE — Area property owners whose land may be within the footprint of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) came away from the July 27 meeting at the South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee office with more questions than answers.

Read more from the Okeechobee News.

SFWMD Holds Public Workshops for Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Planning

West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) conducted two public workshops on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) this week, Thursday afternoon in Okeechobee and Friday morning in West Palm Beach. More than 90 Floridians participated in the workshops in person.

Read more from the SFWMD.

U.S. House OKs $160 million for Lake Okeechobee dike, Everglades, algae research

Projects to combat harmful algae blooms and restore the Everglades will get nearly $160 million in federal money in a bill approved Thursday evening by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill includes $82 million to the Army Corps of Engineers for Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation, which could help deter harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosatchee rivers, and $76.5 million to the Corps for other South Florida ecosystem restoration.

Read more from the TCPalm.

St. Lucie backflow fed algae bloom in lake

OKEECHOBEE — More than 22.8 billion gallons of water have poured through the S-308 structure at Port Mayaca into Lake Okeechobee since the start of the wet season according to South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) records.

That means over 70,000 acre feet of phosphorus-laden runoff from the Martin County watershed flowed into Lake Okeechobee through the man made structure.

Read more from the Okeechobee News.

Massive C-44 project will benefit St. Lucie Estuary

Far from the Treasure Coast’s beaches and commercial corridors, one of Florida’s largest construction projects is underway.

Read more from the TCPalm.

Diaz-Balart champions funding for dike

U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami) toured ongoing projects to reinforce the Herbert Hoover Dike during a visit to the Clewiston area on July 10, lavishing praise on Colonel Jason Kirk, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District that’s directing the projects, and Florida Governor Rick Scott, who this year championed a state appropriation of $50 million in an attempt to expedite the work.

Read more from the Belle Glade Sun.

State looks to reduce Caloosahatchee pollution

Southwest Florida residents and visitors can expect a modest improvement in water clarity and perhaps fewer and smaller algae outbreaks by 2032, when a series of water quality projects will be completed, maybe.

That was the message from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which met in Fort Myers Wednesday to talk about pollution coming from lands in the western Caloosahatchee River watershed.

Read more from the News-Press.

Army Corps needs more time on Negron’s reservoir plan

TALLAHASSEE — Federal assistance may be on the way for the state’s latest Everglades restoration effort.

But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will need another month to figure out how to join in Senate President Joe Negron’s plan for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

Read more from the Gainesville Sun.

State says blue green algae in Lake Okeechobee is not toxic

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed the algae bloom tested in Lake Okeechobee near Port Mayaca on July 18 is blue green algae, but it is not toxic.

Just the site of it however, leaves people throughout our area on edge.

Read more from WPTV.

Algae blooms normal for the lake in summer

OKEECHOBEE — How do you know there’s an algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee?

Look at the calendar. Those familiar with the area will tell you that if it’s summer, there’s a good chance there’s an algae bloom somewhere on the Big O. You might not see it — at 40 miles across, it’s a big lake — but algae is part of the lake’s natural ecosystem, and hot weather causes it to bloom.

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