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.

The problem, as Mark Perry sees it, is that the Corps left lake levels too high in late spring and now may have no choice but to open the spigot wide, so to speak, if tropical weather swells the lake. The Corps has argued it must deal with many competing needs – agriculture and thirsty crops, navigational needs and flood concerns.

"How do you weigh that against – for navigation and water supply purposes – against exposing people to toxic algae?" Perry said.

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