Demand for lake releases varies with season

It’s no wonder Lee County residents are confused about Lake Okeechobee releases. Half the year, local officials tell them the Caloosahatchee estuaries are dying because they need more freshwater flow from Lake Okeechobee The other six months, they are told the estuaries are dying because there is too much lake water being released. At the […]

Online threats to Lake Okeechobee communities taken seriously

The sheriff’s offices in Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties are investigating veiled threats that have been made online toward some residents of communities along Lake Okeechobee over water pollution issues affecting the coasts. A running cyber-debate over responsibility for algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and red tide along Gulf Coast communities in Southwest […]

NOAA imagery shows lake algal bloom decreasing

The latest images from space show the blue-green algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee is decreasing. Imagery from July 2 showed signs of cyanobacteria in 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee. Since the satellite images are only available at set intervals, NOAA was unable to get usable photos July 6-13 due to cloud cover. The July 14 […]

Hoover Dike inspected daily as lake rises

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District Commander Col. Jason Kirk visited the Herbert Hoover Dike at Clewiston on Monday morning to announce that although Lake Okeechobee has risen to more than 17 feet above sea level while absorbing runoff from Hurricane Irma’s torrential rains last month, the dike […]

Lake Okeechobee could rise to 17 ft.

As the runoff from rainfall during Hurricane Irma flows south through the Kissimmee River basin, Lake Okeechobee could top 17 ft. according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. On Sept. 7, the lake level was 13.7 ft. On Sept. 14, the lake level was 14.83 ft. By Sunday, Sept. 17, the lake had risen […]