The discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St Lucie River are finally ending. The Army Corp of Engineers announced yesterday that the gates at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam will close this morning, and stay that way unless there is any unexpected heavy rain events.
The corp has been releasing water from the lake since January 30th, and over 218 billion gallons of water has been dumped into the river.
An extremely wet dry season last year forced the corp to begin the discharges at a time when Lake Okeechobee was dealing with an algae outbreak. That algae made its way into the St Lucie River, and caused a massive algae bloom over the summer.
Pray for a drought!