State Legislative Wrap-Up Florida’s Legislative Session came and went as quickly as our recent afternoon thunderstorms. Environmentally speaking, the bills ranged from mildly positive to severely detrimental, and just as our weather forecasts, the future remains uncertain. Read our in-depth look…

Ais on the Lagoon

Join us for a  4.5-mile round-trip paddle across the Indian River Lagoon! You'll learn about the Ais Indians who inhabited our area centuries ago.

Algae Alert: blue-green algae spreading into C-44 Canal, visible in Indiantown

Toxic algae is now making its way outside of Lake Okeechobee and into the canals along the Treasure Coast. The algae has been spotted Wednesday at Timer Powers Park along with warning signs to keep people away from the toxins in the water.

Algae Blooms and Florida’s Water Issues Virtual Lecture

Join Dr. Zack Jud for a live Zoom-based lecture focused on Florida’s ongoing water issues.

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.

America's Amazon

America’s Amazon:  The Story of the St. Lucie River A documentary film by noted conservationist John Nelson


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April 2020 Newsletter

Celebrate Earth Month with Florida Oceanographic Society! 

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April 2022 Newsletter

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April 2023 Newsletter

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As of Saturday, April 15, 2023, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District has reduced releases from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee River Estuaries.

US Army Corps plans to discharge Lake Okeechobee water to the East Coast

Any release of freshwater coming from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie estuary disrupts the delicate balance of fresh and saltwater in the estuary. For this reason, Florida Oceanographic Society [we] continues to advocate for zero discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary.

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 releases latest Lake O management plan's predicted effect on St. Lucie River

The Army Corps last week released an Environmental Impact Statement that details the potential consequences of how the agency plans to manage lake levels for the next decade. A final draft of the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) is expected to be adopted in 2023.

Army Corps releases wet season strategy amid blue-green algae concerns

"It's thick, it's bad and if they open those gates it's coming,' Mark Perry, the executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society, says.

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.

August 2020 Newsletter

Celebrate Reefs Month!

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Celebrate Mangrove Month!

August 2022 eNewsletter

Celebrate Mangroves Month with Florida Oceanographic

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