Lake O discharges to St. Lucie River resume today
The water level in the lake is approaching 14.5 feet, up over a foot and a half from its 2018 low in May. The Corp said they will implement pulse releases that will attempt to simulate rainfall events in an effort to reduce some of the environmental impacts.
Discharges from Lake Okeechobee combined with rain, pollutants, and heat have caused toxic algae blooms. Critics of the discharges say it’s not only hurting the ecosystem but their economy as well. The Corp said they have to release the water, because holding too much water in Lake Okeechobee threatens the Herbert Hoover Dike, putting the lives of everyone who lives around the lake at risk. Health officials are urging everyone to avoid blue-green algae.
July 13, 2018