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Lake Okeechobee Releases To Scale Back Following Rest Period

The Army Corps of Engineers announced their new release plan for Lake Okeechobee, outlining their strategy to close out the dry season.

Their plan following the current two-week break from releases is to revert back to their original dry-season strategy prior to the recent extended run of high-volume discharges.

That means beginning April 13th, they’ll be throttling back releases to target beneficial flows of 2,000 cfs to the west coast and 0 cfs to the east coast for the remainder of the dry season (~June 1st), barring any major changes to the weather.

That’s good news for now, but it doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods by any means.

The lake is still high for this time of year, and forecasts for this hurricane season show the potential to break the record for number of named storms in a single season.

So, the threat of intense tropical activity dumping a lot of rain and triggering high-volume discharges again later in the summer or fall is still out there.

And it’s a reminder of the need to get Everglades Restoration projects completed ASAP so that we’re no longer so directly at the mercy of what the weather may bring.

Projects like the EAA Reservoir will give water managers far more flexibility to store, clean, and send Lake O water south through the Everglades and into Florida Bay where it’s intended and where it benefits the entire system, rather than it being dumped to the coasts where it’s harmful.

Stay tuned, we’ll continue updating you on the current situation. To learn more about the issue, the long-term solutions, and how you can get involved, check out our page below.

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