Environmental experts respond to Lake Okeechobee discharge into Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from Lake Okeechobee after citing higher-than-average water levels from El Niño conditions. Many local environmental experts say they are worried.

Massive Lake Okeechobee discharges to come this weekend, officials announce

This weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is going to begin a massive release of water from Lake Okeechobee for the first time in months.

El Niño rains to blame for Lake Okeechobee water sent to the St. Lucie River, Stuart

Lake Okeechobee water will start pouring into the St. Lucie River on Saturday.

Environmentalists warn of impacts ahead of Lake Okeechobee discharges

Residents along Florida's east coast are bracing for the floodgates, which hold back water from Lake Okeechobee, to open Saturday. 

Lake Okeechobee discharges coming Saturday; Army Corps says lake too high

The Army Corps of Engineers will begin discharging water from a swollen Lake Okeechobee on Saturday.

What would discharges mean for Martin County?

People in and around Martin County are anxiously awaiting whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will announce discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary.

Army Corps of Engineers considering discharges from Lake Okeechobee to St. Lucie Estuary

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering "different release scenarios" of discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary ahead of the wet and hurricane seasons.

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DEP issues final order to punish Port St. Lucie resort for destroying mangrove forest

Sandpiper Bay Resort has five months to restore a mangrove forest it destroyed to create a beach and unobstructed view of the St. Lucie River, according to a Jan. 23 state order.

Dune remains strong following December storm, though expert warns of erosion potential going forward

The recent string of winter storms has had an impact on our coastal beaches, especially along the Treasure Coast.

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Expert warns of potential for Lake Okeechobee discharges this winter

This summer, experts braced for a flurry of discharges from Lake Okeechobee that would threaten local waterways on the Treasure Coast, including the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon.

Decrease in weekend temperatures expected to attract manatees to West Palm Beach waters

Every year, the manatees bring people from near and far, all of them hoping to catch a glimpse.

This weekend, temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s and 60s, which means our waters will also be a little cooler.

Dr. Zack Jud, with the Florida Oceanographic Society, says for hundreds of years when the waters start getting colder, the manatees go searching for a place to warm up.

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How DEP plans to punish a Port St. Lucie resort for destroying a half-acre mangrove canopy

DEP proposes punishment for Sandpiper Bay Resort in Port St. Lucie.

December 2023 eNewsletter

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Giving Days: How to help the Florida Oceanographic Society help the Indian River Lagoon

To assist in its mission of providing environmental education, Florida Oceanographic Society wants to replace an old storage shed where the staff keeps educational supplies such as dip nets, seine nets, buckets and more. The shed is on its last legs.

A fuel depot may be coming to Fort Pierce, though safety concerns following past fuel plant disaster loom

A fuel farm could be on the way to the Treasure Coast.

Restoration is cure for drowning Everglades | Commentary

Wet season runoff from sugarcane operations within the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) is still having a disproportionate impact on the current flooding in the central Everglades, posing a threat to wildlife.

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Estuaries celebrated at Florida Oceanographic Society

Florida Oceanographic Society celebrated estuaries at the Coastal Center on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. The event included ecosystem education with trail walks, oyster and water quality demonstrations, crafts, food and activities.

Are alligators common to see outside of freshwater? See one swim through a Florida lagoon

An American alligator was spotted last week swimming in the Indian River Lagoon near Crab-E-Bill's Indian River Seafood.

Blue-green algae not being discharged from Lake Okeechobee, experts cautiously optimistic

This summer, experts braced for an explosion of blue-green algae which could threaten local waterways on the Treasure Coast, including the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon.

Algaecides kill toxic algae blooms, but are they safe and effective long-term?

The South Florida Water Management District has used Lake Guard Oxy to kill toxic algae since 2021, but only just began to study whether it's safe for the environment.

Dead fish suddenly start turning up at Fort Pierce lake

A Fort Pierce resident said dead fish have been turning up in the lake behind her for months, but no one has come out to help with the problem.

The Florida Oceanographic Society said this is likely a fish kill situation, however, the cause can only be determined through an investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Palm Beach County farmers exceed water quality requirements but activists say more can be done

Farmers in the sprawling Everglades Agricultural Area in western Palm Beach County exceeded water quality standards last year, but some farm critics say the phosphorus baseline the EAA is measured against was initially set too low.

September 2023 Newsletter

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Shell-shocked: Sea turtle nesting records shattered in St. Lucie County

The protection of sea turtles during nesting season has been championed for years. Now, nesting records are being broken. St. Lucie County has documented more loggerhead and green turtle nests this year than ever before.

Burlap is helping to stabilize seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon

The Florida Oceanographic Society is conducting waterway conservation research regarding seagrass restoration, water quality monitoring, and oyster development.

Is Lake Okeechobee's water level too high? Head of Florida Oceanographic Society says yes

The rainy season is far from over and worries grow about what that could mean for communities on the Treasure Coast and in Palm Beach County.