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.

Environmental leaders meet in Martin County to discuss 'imminent' Lake O discharges

Mark Perry, Florida Oceanographic Society Executive Director & CEO, discusses Lake Okeechobee water management with Steve Davis, Everglades Foundation chief science officer, at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, in Martin County. 

 

Port Mayaca Lock and Dam shutting down in response to toxic algae photos

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers is adjusting its water release schedule at the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam (S-308) in Martin County after receiving aerial images showing a thin ribbon of algal mass moving towards the gate Monday.

'Surprised to see it this early': Toxic blue-green algae found in Lake Okeechobee during winter

Environmentalists are keeping an eye on local waterways now that harmful blue green algal toxins have been spotted in Lake Okeechobee, especially in parts of Martin County.

Mast’s bill takes aim at Lake O discharges

The Treasure Coast’s congressman introduced a bill Wednesday requiring a multiyear roadmap to end Lake Okeechobee discharges to coastal estuaries, which are often a vehicle for toxic algae and ecological destruction.

Starving manatees will face another rough winter next season

When manatees on Florida's east coast gather next winter, they're likely to face another season of starvation.

Revised SB 2508’s impact on river, lagoon weighed

The most contentious environment bill of this year’s legislative session is heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. 

DEP will expedite seagrass-planting permits to help manatees

Florida will make it easier and faster to plant seagrasses, the main food source for manatees that are dying in record numbers, according to a Treasure Coast lawmaker.

South Florida environmentalists react to SB 2508

Lawmakers amended a controversial water bill this week after several people, including Governor Ron DeSantis, voiced opposition.

2021 was a record year for Florida manatee deaths. Here are 5 ways you can help sea cows

More Florida manatees died in 2021 than any other year, most of them from starving, and many readers have asked TCPalm: How can I help? 

Florida and federal wildlife officials team with FPL in plans to aid manatees

Wildlife officials, now teaming with the state’s largest electric utility, have approved an unusual step of feeding manatees that face another winter of limited food supplies in Florida waters.

Opening of C-44 reservoir celebrated

A milestone moment as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the C-44 canal reservoir Friday.

Oysters in St. Lucie Estuary starting to see reprieve from freshwater runoff discharges

For the first time since August, oysters are finally getting some reprieve from the recent deluge of rainfall runoff. 

Seagrass beds are starting to revive along the Indian River Lagoon; but for how long?

Don't cue the ticker-tape parade quite yet, but seagrass is starting to make a comeback in the Indian River Lagoon along the Treasure Coast and Space Coast.

U.S. Sugar Corp. vs. Army Corps: Who's right about operating Lake Okeechobee levels?

The Army Corps of Engineers is "rolling the dice" with water South Florida depends on by lowering Lake Okeechobee, the U.S. Sugar Corp. says.

Despite Dorian, Army Corps won't start Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River yet

Less rainfall than expected from Hurricane Dorian plus efforts to keep Lake Okeechobee low add up to no discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

Now is time for courageous leadership by water management officials

This is a pivotal moment in our longstanding fight for clean water. 

Dirty water update: High bacteria on beaches, algae in Fort Pierce, dead clams in Palm City

Bacteria, algae and — believe it or not — millions of dead clams: It's all in the water along the Treasure Coast; and it's all nasty.

Algae at a marina in Fort Pierce being tested

"Even if this isn’t a harmful type of algae, the amount of fresh water pouring into our estuary is a big concern," said Dr. Zack Jud with the Florida Oceanographic Society in Stuart.

Could blue-green algae be creeping into Treasure Coast waters without Lake O discharges?

Is blue-green algae starting to creep into Treasure Coast waters without Lake Okeechobee discharges? 

US Army Corps pumps canal water back into Lake Okeechobee

TCPalm covers the canal that connects Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie estuaries has reached an alarming high, making for concern as heavy rain is projected for the weekend forecast and interviews Mark Perry.

Army Corps sending C-44 Canal water east into St. Lucie River, west into Lake Okeechobee

TCPalm interviews Mark Perry and covers that the Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready for expected heavy rain this weekend by releasing water from the swollen C-44 Canal east into the St. Lucie River and west into Lake Okeechobee.

Toxic blue-green algae not polluting St. Lucie River since summer discharges halted

WBPF interviews Dr. Zack Jud on toxic blue-green algae and how,  for the first time in years, the St. Lucie River and other local waterways are not covered in harmful green slime.

South Florida Water Management District debates ASR wells for Lake Okeechobee project

TCPalm covers how the South Florida Water Management District plans to spend $50 million from the state Legislature on a project to store and clean water heading into Lake Okeechobee and interviews Mark Perry.