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Negron’s gutsy Lake O plan has merits


Date: 8/27/2016 12:55:00 AM

The algae formed after massive releases of nutrient-laden water flowed into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers from Lake Okeechobee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for releasing the water. The state is responsible for Florida’s

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Glades communities meet with Senator Rubio to discuss Lake Okechobee discharge solutions


Date: 8/26/2016 11:13:00 PM

BELLE GLADE, Fla. - The Glades communities are joining the table to talk Lake Okeechobee and they're not happy with some of the solutions for lake discharges floating in congress. "What they did is blame other people for the problem, they did not admit

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FEMA again rejects Scott's algae state of emergency request

The Ledger

Date: 8/26/2016 10:20:00 PM

Scott earlier this month accused the federal government of failing to maintain and repair the Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. He says that if the dike were stronger, less polluted water would need to be released into the river

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PAC in State Senate Race Linked to Benacquisto Campaign and Big Sugar

WGCU Southwest Florida

Date: 8/26/2016 6:31:00 PM

The Sanibel lawyer wants to buy U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee to help relieve harmful discharges into the rivers bordering it. U.S. Sugar has been critical of past plans to buy the land. But, a political action committee or PAC has been

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Florida Bay: What is The Solution?

Date: 8/26/2016 2:56:00 PM

We can fix the problem in Florida Bay, but it will require additional freshwater flowing south from Lake Okeechobee. Florida Bay is an estuary, and estuaries exist where rivers meet the sea. In this case, Florida Bay exists where the Everglades River of

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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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