Army Corps of Engineers releases new water management plan for Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced an updated schedule for releasing water from Lake Okeechobee, focusing on environmental impacts and downstream effects.

The new environmental impact statement outlines how water releases will be managed, considering forecasted conditions, downstream capacity, and the impacts on wildlife and vegetation.

“What that means for the Treasure Coast is that our area is not going to have those inflows from Lake Okeechobee. It's been damaging when it comes to bringing in nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, causing algae blooms,” said Mark Perry, CEO of the Florida Oceanographic Society.

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