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Herbert Hoover Dike protects all of South Florida

OKEECHOBEE — 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 (EAA), the Everglades and more.

At the December public hearing on the South Florida Water Management District’s proposal for the EAA reservoir, Clewiston Mayor Mali Gardner was among those who reminded officials that some Floridians don’t understand the importance of the dike.

Read more in the Okeechobee News.

Study finds source of toxic green algal blooms and the results stink

Contrary to the widespread misconception that periodic discharges from Lake Okeechobee alone produced these harmful algal blooms, FAU Harbor Branch’s study provides multiple lines of evidence that nutrient sources in the local basins, including on-site sewage and septic systems, contaminated the St. Lucie Estuary, in particular its urbanized sections as well as its watershed. Results of the study are published in the journal Harmful Algae.

Read more from EurkAlert.

Palm Beach Co. crops dealt second blow from freezing temperatures

Hit by temperatures as low as 25 degrees Friday morning, Western Palm Beach County’s sensitive vegetable crops suffered a second round of damage that is still being assessed as farmers recover from a long night in their fields.

A new year brings more overreach by environmentalists on Lake O reservoir

A new year brings yet another attack by environmentalists against the South Florida Water Management District’s plan for a reservoir to help clean Lake Okeechobee discharges.

This time, the Everglades Foundation is offering its own plan — even though the group is criticizing a proposal it helped create.

Study links human waste to harmful algal blooms

OKEECHOBEE — A research paper published by Elsevier gives more evidence to the link between faulty septic tanks and the harmful algal blooms that plagued the St. Lucie Estuary in 2016. The study recommends conversion from septic tanks to sewer systems near the waterways to reduce nutrient loading, as well as more storage north of Lake Okeechobee to reduce the need for excessive freshwater releases from the lake.

Read more in the Okeechobee News.