Why new way to measure Lake Okeechobee levels may be confusing

Out at Lake Okeechobee, there is visible blue-green algae on both the lake side and canal side of the Port Mayaca Lock.

None of this algae though is heading east right now into the St. Lucie Estuary. Part of the reason is because the lake levels have dropped several feet in the past few months.

However, if you look at the South Florida Water Management website, you may be confused as to what the actual level is. There are two numbers there: one above 13 feet, the other below 12 feet.

“All that means is changing from one reference point to another reference point. The lake level is still the lake level," said Florida Oceanographic Society Executive Director Mark Perry.

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