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Community members protest Lake Okeechobee releas


Date: 6/17/2018 10:07:00 AM

Community members took to the Matanzas pass bridge beaded toward Fort Myers Beach to speak out against the release of water from Lake Okeechobee into the Gulf of Mexico. Several dozen people braved the heat for hours, waving signs as cars drove by

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POINT OF VIEW: Army Corps should swim in our increasingly toxic water

Palm Beach Post

Date: 6/17/2018 9:37:00 AM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently discharging nearly four billion gallons of water per day to the east and west of Lake Okeechobee without regard for toxins in the water or the health effects for every man, woman and child. Our waterways

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Residents protest Lake Okeechobee freshwater releases


Date: 6/16/2018 5:04:00 PM

Dozens of people lined the Matanzas Pass Bridge on Saturday, calling for an end to freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River. This comes a little more than two weeks after the US Army Corps of Engineers began releasing billions

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Fort Myers Beach rally on Saturday will protest Lake Okeechobee releases


Date: 6/15/2018 5:34:00 PM

Dark water from Lake Okeechobee is inching closer and closer to the Sanibel shoreline. Because of this, some people are fighting back. On Saturday, hundreds are expected to gather on Fort Myers Beach to protest against Lake O discharges causing that murky

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Toxic algae: Florida Rep. Brian Mast dares Army Corps to swim in St. Lucie River

CBS News 8

Date: 6/15/2018 5:13:00 PM

The Palm City Republican called for Lake Okeechobee discharges east to the St. Lucie River and west to the Caloosahatchee River to end immediately, he wrote in a letter Thursday to Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, the Corps' commanding general. "You are leaving

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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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