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Lake Okeechobee

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  • Delayed Everglades restoration prompts Palm Beach County leader to question state, federal 'courage'

    Delayed Everglades restoration prompts Palm Beach County leader to question state, federal 'courage'
    Frustrated with stalled Everglades restoration, Palm Beach County Commission Chairwoman Karen Marcus contends that federal and state officials lack the "courage" to get it done. One year ago, Palm Beach County imposed a moratorium on new rock mines...
  • Sharing Lake Okeechobee's declining water supply stresses environment

    Sharing Lake Okeechobee's declining water supply stresses environment
    Lake Okeechobee’s declining water level strains urban and environmental water supplies alike, as South Florida waits for drought-quenching summer rains to bring relief. Lake Okeechobee serves as South Florida’s primary back-up water supply,...
  • Power plant proposed for panther habitat

    Power plant proposed for panther habitat
    A large power plant with smokestacks up to 150 feet high has been proposed for a patch of Florida panther habitat south of Lake Okeechobee, setting up what is likely to be a bitter fight with environmentalists. Eddie Garcia, a Palm Beach Gardens...
  • New watering limits for growers as Lake Okeechobee drops

    New watering limits for growers as Lake Okeechobee drops
    New irrigation restrictions kicked in Monday for sugar cane growers and other agriculture due to drought-strained Lake Okeechobee dropping too low to keep water flowing to South Florida. Lake Okeechobee is South Florida’s primary backup water...
  • Feds reject new territory for Florida panthers

    Feds reject new territory for Florida panthers
    A petition to reintroduce the Florida panther to part of its historic range in northern Florida and southern Georgia was rejected Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ¬†even though the agency’s own recovery plan calls for expanding the...
  • Peregrine falcons become even deadlier

    Peregrine falcons become even deadlier
    The peregrine falcon, the world’s swiftest killer, has learned to use human technology to catch birds. The falcons follow airboats through the Everglades and around Lake Okeechobee and pounce on birds flushed by the noisy, propeller-driven...
  • Everglade snail kite nests abandoned as Lake O level falls

    Everglade snail kite nests abandoned as Lake O level falls
    Everglade snail kites abandoned their young to die at six nests on Lake Okeechobee over the past week, as the pumping of water from the lake for farms and cities dried up the birds' foraging areas. The birds build nests in vegetation over the water to...
  • Pumps to keep Lake Okeechobee water moving south, despite environmental threats

    Pumps to keep Lake Okeechobee water moving south, despite environmental threats
    Pumps will be added to keep drought-strained Lake Okeechobee’s water flowing south, despite environmental objections about draining wildlife habitat. While that will help irrigate sugar cane fields and potentially boost community water supplies,...
  • Power plant in panther habitat wins zoning approval

    Power plant in panther habitat wins zoning approval
    A large power plant proposed for Florida panther habitat south of Lake Okeechobee passed an important hurdle Tuesday when the Hendry County Commission voted unanimously to rezone 3,127 acres of ranch land for the project. Eddie Garcia, a Palm Beach...
  • South Florida golf courses offered break from watering rules

    South Florida golf courses offered break from watering rules
    South Florida golf courses could get a break from emergency watering restrictions, despite warnings that the water supply strain continues. The South Florida Water Management District since March has required golf courses in Broward and Palm Beach...
  • Water managers trying to avoid taking more Everglades water to ease drought

    Water managers trying to avoid taking more Everglades water to ease drought
    Water managers so far don’t plan to dip deeper into the Everglades to help ease South Florida’s water supply woes during the lingering drought. One of the South Florida Water Management District’s last-resort measures during past...