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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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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 Environmentalists have called the LORS outdated and harmful as it has been shown to cause serious damage to communities on the east and west of Lake O due to frequent discharges of toxic water.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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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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