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Dike repair is top priority for lake coalition

OKEECHOBEE — Herbert Hoover Dike repairs still top the priority list for the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee.

The coalition met Nov. 3 in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse to set the list of priorities to bring up for the coming state and federal legislative sessions.

Read more from Okeechobee News.

Bacteria advisories issued for coastal waterways

OKEECHOBEE — The St. Lucie County Health Department has issued an “avoid water” advisory for the North Fork of the St. Lucie River due to high bacteria counts. Samples taken Oct. 30 at Westmoreland Tract Canoe Launch, Veterans Park and River Park Marina tested in the “poor” range, above 71 Enterococci per 100 milliliters.

Read more from Okeechobee News.

High enteric bacteria levels prompt 13 avoid-water advisories for Florida beaches, rivers

Brevard is the only local county where it’s safe to swim at all the beaches right now. Palm Beach is the worst. And the Treasure Coast is a mixed bag.

The state has 13 avoid-water advisories in effect and has ranked the water quality poor at one site, moderate at four sites and good at 29 sites, according to results from tests the Department of Health conducts at 47 locations in the five-county area.

Read more from TCPalm.

Gov. Scott proposes additional $50 million for Lake O dike

Gov. Rick Scott is proposing an additional $50 million to expedite repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee.

The announcement this morning comes as the lake once again tops 17 feet above sea level, a depth that causes concerns about the integrity of the aging structure.

Read more from the Palm Beach Post.

Water managers: Reservoir needed, so are other projects

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – Hurricane Irma brought significant rainfall across the state of Florida.

Right now, Lake Okeechobee is still recovering from the storm.

Harmful discharges continue east and west and environmentalists are calling for that reservoir south of the lake.

Read more from WPTV.

Glades residents launch ‘Fix the Dike’ campaign

OKEECHOBEE — At the kickoff gathering for a petition drive to “Fix the Dike” on Oct. 19 at the site of the Port Mayaca memorial to the victims of the 1928 hurricane, Glades area residents called on state and federal officials to speed dike repairs.

Read more from Okeechobee News.

Glades Residents Afraid Lake Okeechobee Dam Could Fail As Water Reaches Above 17 Feet

There’s a potential crisis building around Lake Okeechobee.

The massive freshwater lake is about half the size of the state of Rhode Island and holds more than a trillion gallons of water — enough to cover all of Manhattan 23 stories high.

All that water is being held back by a troubled earthen dam that surrounds the lake: the Herbert Hoover Dike.

Read more from WLRN.

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.