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Hutchcraft: Deep storage wells answer to curbing discharges

As Hurricane Irma brought significant, widespread flooding and damage to the peninsula of Florida, it also brought nearly three feet of water to Lake Okeechobee.

As is typical during high periods of rainfall, all of this excess water – combined with the double-digit rainfall totals in June – overwhelmed our man-made flood control system and necessitated massive releases to the coastal estuaries from Lake Okeechobee.

Read more in the News-Press.

Intersection: Pressure Is Put On Florida’s Natural Environment As The Population Continues To Grow

Florida may be a hurricane prone state but that doesn’t stop people moving here. The influx of new residents puts pressure on the sunshine state’s natural environment.

Bob McClure from the James Madison Institute, a free market think-tank, joins Intersection for a conversation about the environment and property rights.

Read more from WMFE.

SFWMD hosts meeting on reservoir plan

OKEECHOBEE — A 14,600-acre reservoir proposed in Glades County just west of the Kissimmee River is the most cost-efficient way to increase water storage north of Lake Okeechobee, according to the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWP) team. The reservoir would provide 198,000 acre feet of water storage north of Lake Okeechobee.

That recommendation, released last week, has drawn criticism from Glades County officials.

Read more in the Okeechobee News.

Lake Okeechobee approaching 17 feet, highest point since 2005

The rain was not welcome Thursday along Lake Okeechobee.

More water means lake levels will continue to rise.

The lake is approaching 17 feet and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stopped or reduced discharges to the east because of flooding concerns.

Read more from WPTV.

Lake O hits highest level since 2005, raising concerns its dike could fail

Rainfall from Hurricane Irma has pushed the water level in Lake Okeechobee to its highest point since 2005. Now, with more wet weather in the forecast, nearby residents fear a collapse of the 80-year-old dike around the lake.

Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Glades Mayors: TCPalm shouldn’t dismiss flood control measures for Glades communities

We, the mayors of Moore Haven, Clewiston, South Bay, Pahokee and Belle Glade, are among the millions of residents that have benefited from the South Florida Water Management District’s pre- and post-storm flood control procedures that were implemented for Hurricane Irma.

Read more in the TCPalm.

SFWMD to host Public Meeting Oct. 6 on Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project Planning

West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be hosting a public meeting on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project on Friday, Oct. 6, in Okeechobee.

Friday’s meeting is a question and answer forum for landowners in the project’s potential footprint.

Read more from the SFWMD.


Irma caused an estimated $2.5 billion in Florida agriculture losses

Hurricane Irma slammed every aspect of Florida agriculture from citrus groves to cattle ranches to sugar cane fields and more causing more than $2.5 billion in damages, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said Wednesday.

Read more from the Palm Beach Post.

High levels of bacteria in Martin County waters

Ever since Hurricane Irma, the bacteria levels in water in Martin County have been high, specifically at Sandsprit Park and the Stuart Sandbar.

“It’s not really surprising when you have that kind of flush of water with the amount of rain that we got in a big pulse. […] The drain fields and septic systems don’t operate properly when they’re saturated […],” said Edie Widder, the Senior Scientist and CEO of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association also known as ORCA.

Read more from WPEC.

Lake Okeechobee Nears Highest Water Level in 10 Years

After Hurricane Irma dumped widespread rainfall amounts of 8 – 12” on September 10 – 12 over much of Florida, the Army Corps of Engineers is battling to draw down the level of Lake Okeechobee. The lake level has risen more than 2.5 feet since the hurricane departed, and will likely reach its highest level in ten years next week as flood waters from Irma’s rains continue to arrive.

Read more from Weather Underground.