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Army Corp will announce Lake O discharge plans on Wednesday

Lake O discharges worse than we thought

Army Corp will announce Lake O discharge plans on Wednesday

Jacksonville, Fl (treasurecoast.com)-The Army Corps of Engineers will announce Wednesday when Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers will start, officials said Monday.

That’s a slight delay in what the agency previously said: that it would announce details Monday or Tuesday for discharges that could start Tuesday or Wednesday.

The exact rate of flow will be announced too, but Col. Andrew Kelly, the agency’s commander for Florida, said Friday it likely will be 1.16 billion gallons a day east to the St. Lucie and 2.59 billion gallons a day west to the Caloosahatchee.

The discharges could last a month or more, Kelly said.

The Corps will stop the discharges as soon as possible, he added, but the duration ultimately will depend on rainfall and the amount of water flowing into the lake.

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