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The Stream, June 27: Dry Reservoirs Create Water Shortages In Chennai, India

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Date: 6/27/2017 1:08:00 AM

Ron Bergeron, commissioner for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, on the emergency pumping of floodwaters north into Lake Okeechobee instead of south into the Everglades. Critics of the pumping say it is reversing the natural flow of

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Governor Scott Signs Public Education Bill

Date: 6/26/2017 9:24:00 PM

and set aside fifty million dollars in repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike along Lake Okeechobee. Gov. Scott also signed another bill from the special session, (HB-3A) boosting per student spending in the state's main formula for funding public education by

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SFWMD Offers One-Click Tracking of SB 10 Reservoir's Progress

Sunshine State News

Date: 6/26/2017 8:59:00 PM

SFWMD launched a new web page Monday, featuring an interactive map and milestone tracker to allow the public to follow the progress of the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. View the new web page tracking the EAA Reservoir

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Scott signs school funding, economic development bills

The Miami Herald

Date: 6/26/2017 8:54:00 PM

and set aside $50 million in repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike along Lake Okeechobee. That legislation was approved in this month’s special session after the House refused to approve direct business incentives that Scott prefers and gave far less for

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Recent rains causing tragic battle for survival in Everglades

Date: 6/26/2017 4:57:00 PM

The drainage diversion also causes backups in the northern Everglades and Lake Okeechobee while areas to the south, such as Florida Bay, are dying from a lack of fresh water. On Friday, the South Florida Water Management District was granted emergency

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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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