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Army Corps: Lake O rise slowing, but discharges continue to St. Lucie, Caloosahatchee

Treasure Coast Newspapers

Date: 10/24/2020 8:25:00 PM

Discharges that began Oct. 14 have dumped 1.3 billion gallons of Lake Okeechobee water in the St. Lucie River estuary

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Army Corps of Engineers says Lake Okeechobee water releases will continue at same rate, for now


Date: 10/23/2020 3:52:00 PM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that high volume releases from Lake Okeechobee will continue into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers, for now

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Algae Blooms Triggered by Releases Harm Wildlife, Coastal Communities

Center for Biological Diversity

Date: 10/23/2020 3:29:00 PM

Conservation groups filed a proposal in federal court today to ensure that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ discharges from Lake Okeechobee don’t harm protected wildlife. The U.S. District Court for

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Army Corps of Engineers will continue releasing same amount of water from Lake Okeechobee


Date: 10/23/2020 3:19:00 PM

The Army Corps of Engineers will continue releasing the same amount of water from Lake Okeechobee. Engineers said they need to keep letting water out at 4,000 cubic feet per second. Right now, there

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Lake Okeechobee Releases To Continue As Tropical System Heads Into Gulf


Date: 10/23/2020 1:07:00 PM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said today water releases from Lake Okeechobee have helped slow the lake’s rate of rise by a half foot

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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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