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Army Corps works to finalize Lake O plan that could affect Florida waters

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A plan that could affect Florida waters for the next decade is still in the works. The Army Corps of Engineers is working to finalize their Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). The corps has five potential plans on the table right now for consideration. On Wednesday, they released data on those plans and their potential impacts on different stakeholders. “It’s really important that organizations like ours and stakeholders that are able to look at these plans and look at this data,” Captains for Clean Water co-founder Chris...

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Update on Lake O water releases expected Friday

CLEWISTON, Fla. — The United States Army Corps of Engineers will provide an update on water releases from Lake Okeechobee on Friday, June 4. Engineers have lowered how much water is released from Lake O down the Caloosahatchee River in the past couple weeks. The changes to releases will help reduce the algae bloom in the Caloosahatchee, water experts said. Count on NBC2 to bring you the latest information once it is available. The post Update on Lake O water releases expected Friday appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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Army Corps officials to decide on summer water plan

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. — Clean water advocates from all over the state met to discuss a plan that could solve some of the state’s water issues. Members of local environmental advocacy groups said it starts with Lake Okeechobee. Congressman Brian Mast as well as representatives for Congressman Byron Donalds, connected with Captains for Clean Water, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Everglades. The Army Corps of Engineers will announce their Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) later this summer. The manual will determine how, where and how much water...

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State environmentalists ask Army Corps to send Lake O water south & stop toxic discharges

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Florida environmentalists have sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging them to pick a balanced plan that sends more Lake Okeechobee water south and ends the abuse of estuaries on Florida’s east and west coasts.  The Army Corps is responsible for deciding when to discharge water to the east and west of Lake O using the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule. Environmentalists have called the LORS outdated and harmful as it has been shown to cause serious damage to communities on the east and west of Lake O due to frequent discharges of toxic water.  The...

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Recent satellite images of Lake O algal blooms may be deceiving

SANIBEL, Fla. – NOAA’s satellite images of Lake Okeechobee’s algal blooms may not show the whole picture. A satellite image taken on May 11th showed toxic algae covering more than half of the lake. 500 square miles were green, yellow, or red on the image. On May 24th, only 150 square miles of the lake were covered in a bloom. It could make viewers think the bloom is shrinking or going away, but that is not the case, experts said. The lake is lowering quickly with the recent dry weather in Southwest Florida. The wind is pushing the blooms around and...

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Toxic blue-green algae continues to come down Caloosahatchee

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Water officials are tackling toxic blue-green algae coming down the Caloosahatchee River. Several health alerts have been put in place due to the green gunk making a mess of some canals. The area near the Franklin Lock in Alva is one of the areas placed under a health alert. Despite Lee County Commissioners writing to the Army Corps of Engineers asking for changes to Lake Okeechobee water releases, nothing is being done. Reducing water releases from the lake has the potential to significantly improve SWFL waterways, but the Army Corps said that they’re...

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Lake Okeechobee is lowering quicker than expected, Army Corps say

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Army Corps of Engineers will not make a change to their water release schedule this weekend. Col. Andrew Kelly gave an update on Friday and said they will continue releasing 1,500 cubic feet per second from Lake Okeechobee down into the Caloosahatchee River.  The Corps said 61 percent of the flows from the lake are heading south right now into the Everglades. Thirty-seven percent is heading west into the Caloosahatchee, and two percent is heading east to the St. Lucie Estuary. Gov. Ron Desantis, the Lee County Commission, and dozens of water groups have...

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CDC researchers study blue-green algae in SWFL waterways

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The CDC and National Center for Environmental Health are conducting a research study about blue-green algae toxins in Southwest Florida waterways.  The study is researching whether breathing in the toxins can make people sick.  Researchers are looking for people who live or work on Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie River, the Caloosahatchee River, or along Cape Coral canals to participate.  To participate, individuals must be 18 years or older, live or work near a canal or river and spend at least two hours outside most days.  If you are interested in participating in the study,...

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Fixing the Lake O algae problem could lie well below the surface

LAKE OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (WBBH) — The key to fixing the algae problem on Lake Okeechobee lies well below the water’s surface, according to research from three Florida Gulf Coast University professors. Two weeks ago, a team from FGCU took NBC2 out on the big lake to illustrate their work. The captain dropped in the boat near the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam on the east side of Lake O and navigated to its center. Despite rough conditions in the middle of the lake, professor Serge Thomas managed to scoop a water sample. The water was brown and murky, in large part due to the strong winds,...

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Water experts worry blue-green algae and red tide could create ‘perfect storm’

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Southwest Florida water experts advise we could see the perfect storm this summer.  Blue-green algae is sitting on parts of Lake Okeechobee right now. We’ve also seen the algae streaks in the Caloosahatchee River near Avla and Fort Myers Shores.  The lake is about a foot higher than the Army Corps would like it to be at this time of year. That means higher water releases could come our way during the summer and fall months.  Red Tide has killed fish from Charlotte Harbor South to Barefoot Beach. The toxic water is sticking around longer...

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