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All South Floridians should be concerned about Lake Okeechobee water levels | Opinion

Sun Sentinel

Date: 5/26/2020 4:46:00 PM

Lake Okeechobee has long served as a backup source of supplemental water for the communities along the lower east coast of South Florida during extended droughts

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Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River unlikely for now

Treasure Coast Newspapers

Date: 5/26/2020 12:42:00 PM

Over Memorial Day, 14.5 inches of rain fell on St. Lucie County. But less than an inch fell on the Central Florida area that drains into Lake Okeechobee

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Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River unlikely for now

The St. Lucie News-Tribune on MSN.com

Date: 5/26/2020 12:39:23 PM

Over Memorial Day, 14.5 inches of rain fell on St. Lucie County. But less than an inch fell on the Central Florida area that drains into Lake Okeechobee

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Experts watching area of Lake Okeechobee for blue-green algae

WINK NEWS

Date: 5/25/2020 3:13:00 PM

We all remember images from the water crisis, blue-green algae plaguing the canals along the Caloosahatchee in Southwest Florida. Right now, there’s an area in Lake Okeechobee that experts are

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Editorial: ‘New start’ sounds like another in a long list of delays on reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee

Palm Beach Post

Date: 5/23/2020 3:50:00 AM

Florida political leaders say the Army Corps is violating the will of Congress that the reservoir be considered part of the Central Everglades Planning

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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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