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Environmental Groups Call for Combined Efforts in Everglades Restoration

Date: 9/25/2016 10:30:00 PM

(Okeechobee, FL) Friday at the 16 County Ecosystem Summit of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries, and Lake Worth Lagoon, representatives of many environmental organizations involved in

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Lake Okeechobee discharges bring algae concerns


Date: 9/25/2016 11:52:00 AM

Algae concerns are blooming once again on the Treasure Coast. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun discharging 1.1 billion gallons a day into the St. Lucie River. Now residents and business owners fear another round of algae blooms is coming. It's the

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Inspections of dike along Lake Okeechobee intensify

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Date: 9/25/2016 12:02:00 AM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doubled to twice a month the frequency of inspections of the 143-mile earthen dike along Lake Okeechobee. The inspection schedule for the Herbert Hoover Dike will increase to weekly if the lake rises to 16 feet above sea

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Herbert Hoover Dike Contract Awarded

Dredging Today

Date: 9/24/2016 10:56:00 PM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has awarded its second contract over the last 30 days to replace water control structures at Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The Corps awarded the $27.7 million contract to

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Perhaps faulty septic tanks cause algae blooms after all

Date: 9/23/2016 1:00:00 AM

While much has changed in Florida over the years, for environmentalists, one thing has remained somewhat constant — polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee. And when they point fingers at what is causing the recent toxic blue-green algae blooms plaguing

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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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