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Lake Okeechobee

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  • Wildfire could help restore Lake Okeechobee's drought-strained wildlife habitat

    Wildfire could help restore Lake Okeechobee's drought-strained wildlife habitat
    Wildfires burning on Lake Okeechobee’s exposed lake bed could end up helping drought-strained wildlife habitat. While it may seem weird to see fire spreading across land usually covered by water, wildfires are a natural part of Florida’s...
  • Drought helps South Florida growers meet water pollution goal

    Drought helps South Florida growers meet water pollution goal
    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...
  • Lake Okeechobee draining increases due to flood concerns

    Lake Okeechobee draining increases due to flood concerns
    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...
  • Lake Okeechobee water levels could stay below normal, despite summer rains

    Lake Okeechobee water levels could stay below normal, despite summer rains
    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. South Florida...
  • Tropical Storm Emily could bring South Florida water supply relief

    Tropical Storm Emily could bring South Florida water supply relief
    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...
  • Review of proposed Everglades Headwaters wildlife refuge to be released in August

    Review of proposed Everglades Headwaters wildlife refuge to be released in August
    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...
  • South Florida water levels rising, but watering restrictions remain

    South Florida water levels rising, but watering restrictions remain
    South Florida water levels keep rising, but that doesn’t mean drought-triggered watering restrictions for homes and businesses are going away any time soon. Heavy October rains have boosted water levels from the Everglades to Lake Okeechobee as...
  • Three days of storms help Lake Okeechobee, South Florida water supplies

    Three days of storms help Lake Okeechobee, South Florida water supplies
    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...
  • October one of South Florida's wettest on record

    October one of South Florida's wettest on record
    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...
  • South Florida water supplies still strong after dry November

    South Florida water supplies still strong after dry November
    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...
  • South Florida Water Management District gets new chairman

    A real estate attorney who lives near Orlando is the new chairman of the South Florida Water Management District. Daniel O’Keefe, of Windermere, on Thursday was picked to lead the appointed, nine-member board that heads the agency charged with...