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Harmful algae discovered in Lake O


Date: 7/21/2017 8:01:00 PM

CAPE CORAL, Fla. Harmful algae has emerged in Lake Okeechobee, and muck spotted in a southeast Cape Coral canal is being tested to find out if it also poses a danger. A significant algae bloom was discovered July 12 in Lake Okeechobee, and tests on a

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New Lake O algae blooms reported, so why are environmentalists silent?

Date: 7/21/2017 7:02:00 PM

After millions of gallons of untreated water entered Lake Okeechobee this summer, significant algae blooms are now beginning to form – with nary a word from environmentalists. Both the Palm Beach Post and the TC Palm report on new blooms in Lake O

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Algae blooms detected in Lake Okeechobee


Date: 7/21/2017 4:27:00 PM

PORT MAYACA, Fla. - Last year at this time, communities across the Treasure Coast were ravaged by toxic blue green algae blooms. And now, an alarming bright green algae bloom has been detected in Lake Okeechobee. Scientists and local leaders are worried

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"Significant" Algae Bloom Monitored In Lake Okeechobee

Date: 7/21/2017 9:43:00 AM

The South Florida Water Management District is monitoring what it calls a "significant" algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee. Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are also keeping an eye on the bloom after it was first discovered

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Keep the Summer Fun Going with Snowbird Season at Silver Palms

Date: 7/21/2017 9:13:00 AM

If you enjoy fishing, we’ve got five pristine lakes at your ready or you can take advantage of the largest freshwater lake in Florida, Lake Okeechobee, featuring largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill. If you’re a Florida RV snowbird who loves sports

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• River: Kissimmee River
• Length: 135 Miles
• Surface Area: 448,000 Acres
• Drainage Area: 4,600 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 9 Feet
• Length: 35 Miles
Lake Okeechobee, whose name is derived from the Seminole Indian words meaning "big water," is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida. Covering 730 square miles, the lake is exceptionally shallow for it's size, with an average depth of only 9 feet. At full capacity, Lake Okeechobee holds 1 trillion gallons of water and is the headwaters of the Everglades.

Lake Okeechobee is the 7th largest freshwater lake in the United States. It is divided between Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry counties, with all five counties meeting at one point near the center of the lake.

Lake Okeechobee is the most visible Florida feature from space. Prior to flood control efforts and development in the watershed, water flow unimpeded from the north through Okeechobee and south through the Everglades.
~ NASA Visit the website of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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