| Sep 15, 2013
It remains the deadliest natural disaster in Florida history, killing more people than Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Wilma and Sandy combined....
| Oct 20, 2011
| 12:06 PM
Soggy South Florida emerged from three days of storms with improved water supplies, but lingering concerns about the fast-approaching dry season.
Rainfall has Lake Okeechobee, South Florida’s primary backup water supply, rising about 1.2 inches per...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 12:38 PM
What a difference a year makes when it comes to South Florida’s weather and water supply.
One year after South Florida’s driest October ever, October 2011 turned out to be one of the wettest in almost 80 years.
A year ago, October kicked off...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 1:46 PM
South Florida’s November turned out to be nearly as dry as an overcooked Thanksgiving Turkey.
After near-record rainfall in October, November produced just 32 percent of the normal rainfall.
November is officially the end of the hurricane and...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 1:32 PM
A drought that was bad for South Florida water supplies at least helped reduce the amount of damaging phosphorus that flowed off agricultural land and into the Everglades.
Pollution control measures, along with having less stormwater to clean up, enabled...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 12:49 PM
To lessen Lake Okeechobee flooding threats, the Army Corps of Engineers plans to more than double the amount of lake water being dumped out to sea.
Concerns about the safety of the lake’s 70-year-old dike prompted the Army Corps on Sept. 19 to...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 2:25 PM
Even with the return of steady summer rains, Lake Okeechobee faces a 75 percent chance of remaining at water shortage levels when the rainy season ends, according to new projections from the South Florida Water Management District.
| Aug 2, 2011
| 2:50 PM
Tropical Storm Emily could bring the extended soaking water managers say is needed to lift South Florida out of a lingering drought.
July’s rains provided a welcome boost to South Florida water supplies suffering from the driest October-to-June...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 4:40 AM
The first environmental review of a controversial proposal for a huge federal wildlife refuge north of Lake Okeechobee will be released in August.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will release an environmental assessment of the proposal for the...
| May 13, 2011
| 2:18 PM
More than half of the Everglades water conservation areas have gone dry during South Florida’s lingering drought, threatening wildlife habitat and straining a key back-up to community water supplies.
Sixty percent or more of the land in the...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 8:21 PM
Despite lingering drought conditions, South Florida water managers are so far resisting environmentalists’ call for tougher watering restrictions to try to stretch supplies.
A drier than normal start to the November-to-May dry season already...