April 2023 Newsletter

Celebrate Earth Month with Florida Oceanographic Society

Are alligators common to see outside of freshwater? See one swim through a Florida lagoon

An American alligator was spotted last week swimming in the Indian River Lagoon near Crab-E-Bill's Indian River Seafood.

ARMY CORPS ANNOUNCES LAKE O RELEASES TO BE REDUCED TO ZERO

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.

Army Corps attends public meeting in Stuart, discusses Lake O discharges with residents

Lake Okeechobee discharges have started, and people who live in communities near the impacted waterways are not so happy.

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.

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.

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.

Army Corps will continue Lake O releases despite algae found in St. Lucie River

Lake Okeechobee discharges have not sparked toxic algae blooms in the St. Lucie River yet, but Treasure Coast scientists, residents and business owners are worried about the impending possibility.

Attack of the Killer Jellyfish! Not really, but what to know about by-the-wind sailors

These breezy March days, as the tide recedes along South Florida beaches, some beachgoers are noticing small objects left behind at the high tide line. They're the size and shape of a human ear. They're electric blue and deep purple — the same color and texture as the Portuguese men-of-war common…

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Bathtub Reef Beach getting seawall in $5.5 million Martin County resiliency project

A $5.5 million project designed to ease weather impacts on Bathtub Reef Beach and MacArthur Boulevard is a focal point in the county’s effort to address climate change and sea-level rise.

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