Science, not politics, should guide lake plan

May, 8, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH — Despite their different opinions on the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), those participating in the May 7 online meeting of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force agreed on one thing: Science, not politics should determine the best plan for the Big O.

Native American cultural sites prompt SFWMD to move St. Lucie County reservoir project

April 9, 2020

A project to clean water before it reaches the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon is moving forward, and a little to the northwest.A project to clean water before it reaches the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon is moving forward, and a little to the northwest.

Interconnect canal to send water from St. Lucie County to C-44 reservoir and Lake O

February 12, 2020

OKEECHOBEE — Are St. Lucie County’s water supply and water quality needs taking a back seat to the needs of other communities? St. Lucie Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson had questions for the South Florida Water Management District executive director Drew Bartlett at the Feb. 7 meeting...

Discussion heats up at SFWMD meeting in response to Brian Mast push for delay of Lake O restoration project

December 13, 2019

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast is pushing the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to delay a restoration project north of Lake Okeechobee in favor of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir Project.

Northern Everglades rules to change

November 6, 2019

OKEECHOBEE — Cattle ranches have been in the Lake Okeechobee watershed since pioneers first settled the area, but before the Central and South Florida Project for Flood Control, the nutrient loads entering Lake Okeechobee were not a problem, Gary Ritter of Florida Farm Bureau told South Florida Water Management District representatives at the Nov. 5 workshop in Okeechobee.

One Florida Foundation: Lack of Lake Okeechobee releases highlights other contaminants in the St. Lucie Estuary

September 17, 2019



The Army Corps of Engineers has held off all summer from releasing Lake Okeechobee water into the St. Lucie Estuary...

A fix to save Everglades, Lake Okeechobee - Florida plumbing problem

October 19, 2018


With summer ending and algal blooms still occurring, it’s past time to consider all solutions to our state’s complex water-quality issues. This includes storing water on land north, east, west and south of Lake Okeechobee along with using available technology.  

Army Corps of Engineers, SFWMD present plans for storing water underground to prevent...

August 1, 2018



Leadership from the Army Corps of Engineers returned to Martin County Wednesday to tour areas impacted by algae with county leaders.

Senator Bradley Has It Right: Move Ahead with District Reservoir Plans

January 23, 2018

It has been said that Everglades restoration efforts are often hindered by analysis paralysis. In the past, projects have been slowed, or even stopped, because concerns were raised about a good project not being perfect.

New reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee brings concerns 

October, 23 2017

CLEWISTON, Fla. People across Florida voiced their concerns on the new plan for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

This was the first public meeting since Gov. Rick Scott signed off on the project earlier this year.

Water district reveals historic plan to address Lake Okeechobee overflow

February 2, 2017

The fight over where to send the water from Lake Okeechobee, in hopes of preventing another algae crisis like we saw in 2016, took an interesting turn on Thursday with an important development and a possible new option.

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