DEP HOSTS LAKE OKEECHOBEE RESTORATION PLAN DEVELOPMENT MEETING
~DEP staff and stakeholders continue evaluation of restoration goals and projects~
OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites local stakeholders — government representatives, scientists, environmentalists, agricultural operators and others — to attend a meeting to discuss development of the Lake Okeechobee restoration plan. This is part of a series of meetings meant to develop and identify specific pollutant reductions necessary and strategies to improve the lake’s water quality.
WHAT: Meeting to Discuss Restoration Plan for Lake Okeechobee
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 17
10:00 a.m. – noon
WHERE: Williamson Conference and Education Center
2229 Northwest 9th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
“The restoration of Lake Okeechobee is at the heart of improving water quality for all of South Florida,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “The actions identified in this plan are a significant step toward that goal.”
The restoration plan, known as a basin management action plan or BMAP, is a plan with specific pollutant reduction projects and milestones. The Lake Okeechobee BMAP development process has been a collaborative effort between DEP, the South Florida Water Management District, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and other stakeholders. The BMAP includes a monitoring plan to keep track of progress and water quality, project reporting and periodic follow-up meetings to discuss ongoing and future projects. At this meeting, DEP representatives will discuss the draft BMAP language and solicit stakeholder input before the BMAP is ultimately adopted by Secretarial Order.
Located in the heart of the greater Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades ecosystem, Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in Florida and the second largest freshwater lake within the contiguous United States. It is a valuable, multi-purpose lake that provides drinking water for urban areas, irrigation water for agricultural lands, recharge for aquifers and freshwater for the Everglades. With an average depth of only nine feet, it is vulnerable both to pollution from surrounding land uses and to flooding.
Lake Okeechobee is a source of water for the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and estuaries. Water releases from the lake, intended to control flooding, can deliver too much fresh water and pollutants downstream. Therefore, continued restoration projects for Lake Okeechobee also positively impact the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie watersheds where additional restoration programs are already underway.
Collectively, the actions of the department, the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the hundreds of stakeholders in this basin have invested in these watersheds will fulfill the objectives of the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program set by the Florida Legislature in 2007.
2014 Reproductive Management School Buck Island Ranch
at the MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research Center, 300 Buck Island Ranch Rd. Lake Placid, FL
October 6-9, 2014
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This course is sponsored by the Florida Cooperative Extension Service and is conducted in conjunction with area large animal Veterinary practitioners. It is part of a continuing multi-county effort to help South Florida beef producers market more pounds of beef per cow profitably.
The purpose of the course is to strengthen managerial capabilities of owners and operators of beef cattle ranches. This is an intensive course in reproductive management of the cow herd. Although the topic of pregnancy diagnosis is given extensive treatment, participants should not expect this training to make them proficient in that skill. Rather it is hoped that an improved understanding of the broad subject of breeding herd management will be achieved and that individuals enrolled in the course will be better equipped to work with their veterinarians in accomplishing breeding program objectives.
Registration deadline is Friday, September 19th. To register please submit your completed registration form and statement of release, with your $100 (non-refundable) deposit to: South Florida Beef-Forage Program, C/O Pat Hogue, 458 Highway 98 N, Okeechobee, FL 34972-2303. Lodging Available at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lake Placid (863) 465-9916.
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 9-16-14
Blood Drives for September:
- Sun., Sept. 21 – Hair Cuttery by Publix. Benefit blood drive for J. Bailey Hedrick, 15, who is fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma at DiMaggio Childrens Hospital.
- Thurs., Sept. 25 – IRSC Campus, 3 – 8
- Sat., Sun., Sept. 27, 28 – Wal Mart, 11 – 4
- K9 Resque is in need of volunteers for both the rescue and the pet food pantry, and we are also are looking for good loving foster homes for our dogs, if interested please call 863-824-5373
- A meeting of the “Stroke Support Group” will be held at the Heritage Assisted Living Facility on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm. This is a good chance to talk to others about their experience. Light refreshments will be available, for more information phone the Heritage at 863-763-1700 or 863-634-8412.
- The Gathering hosts “Joy in the Mourning” a grief support group and bibile study for anyone who has lost a loved one. The event is every Tuesday at 2pm at the Gathering located at 1735 SW 24th Ave. For more info call Gale @ 863-623-8504.
- Okeechobee Rehabilitation Center is hosting a HUGE garage sale on Saturday, September 20th from 8am to 3pm! They’ll have lots of different items for you to choose from! If you’re looking to donate ANY ITEMS please call 863-697-0018 or 863-610-0515, no matter what they’ll come and pick it up if you can’t deliver!
- The Trust Quartet will be in concert on Saturday, September 20th beginning at 7pm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 412 NW 6th St in Okeechobee. Trust is a southern gospel music quartet and ministry consisting of Buzz Beasley, Spence Decker, Rhonda Mohr, Steve Faison, and returning artists Parm Bailey.
- Bits and Spurs 4 -H is going to have their first meeting at 10:30 am, on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, (Rain or Shine) Anyone interested in horses and riding should come by to find out what Bits and Spurs 4-H is all about. Meet Mike and Laura at MySin Ranch, 1000 NW 50th Dr. to help organize our activities for this year. We plan to run flags at the rodeos, practice drill team maneuvers for parades and have a great time with our horses and friends. Drinks and Snacks will be provided. Bring your horse if you like (neg coggins required), because that is what we are all about! Please add to the announcement: for additional information please call Laura 863-801-3599
- The Okeechobee Educational Foundation invites you to attend the annual “Achieving Excellence” luncheon buffet. This is our opportunity to thank donors for their generosity and share the good works that are happening in the community because of the donations. I hope you have RSVP’d for the luncheon, if not, don’t delay….we would like to save a place for you. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, September 24, 12:00, at the Methodist Church fellowship hall.
- On September 28th 2014, we will host a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day here at the church. We welcome Maj. (Ret) Marvin Pittman as our guest speaker. Major Pittman is the Senior Chaplain of the Polk County Sheriff’s office Chaplaincy Corp. He is also the current president of the Florida Baptist State Board of Missions. This will be a service geared for our law enforcement community, there will be a special gift for all law enforcement personnel. The service will be immediately followed with a church picnic for all in attendance. Sunday School will start at 9:45 am, our Worship Service will begin at 10:45 am.
- Dine with the Doctor, Sepsis is Serious! Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria on Tuesday, September 30th Dinner: 4:30 p.m. ($5) Lecture: 5:00 p.m. (free) to RSVP: 763-9228
Sport Related Events
- Papa Johns is presenting their weekly fundraiser every Thursday when you order from Papa John’s they’ll donate 10% of your total order to the Okeechobee High School Brahman Band. Valid for carry out or delivery, you can also order online by using the PROMO CODE OCSD2014. Be sure to mention that you are a supporter of the Okeechobee High School Brahman Band when you are placing an order.
- The Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening September 18, 2014 beginning at 7 PM at the Chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range qualification will take place on Saturday September 20, 2014. You will be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class. You may use your own weapon or you may use the weapon we provide you during qualification. The costs of the class is $40.00 which must be paid in advance. You may sign up by clicking on register online. You may pay for the class online with a credit card or stop by the Chamber and pay for the class with a check or cash. Those people who sign up and do not pay in advance will not be guaranteed a seat in the class.
- Paddock Farms is “driving on” ! Learn how to drive your horse, racing, obstacles and more! Paddock Farms will be available every weekend after to teach you about how to drive your horse. Must be 18 years of age or older, all horses brought to the Paddock Farms must have a negative coggins test and you will be asked to sign a waiver. Not sure if your horse could race? You will have the option to have your horse evaluated. Don’t have a horse? No problem, they’ll provide them for you. No experience is necessary. No horse? No harness? No problem! Call Nancy at 863-634-1440 or 863-634-1438 for more information.
- OHS Boys Soccer Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, September 27th, 2 Man Teams, $25 Per Player, at the Yearling Middle School Gymnasium at 9am. Call Lonnie Sears for details 863-634-1334
- Okeechobee residents are participating in the American Heart Association’s 2014 Palm Beach Heart Walk on Sep 27, 2014. By joining our team, you can! If not; please consider a donation♡ Register online at: http://s.heartwalk.org/T5JNcW Together, we can make a difference. You don’t have to join alone. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone else who may want to raise funds and make a difference in our community. Thank you, in advance, for your participation.
Agri-Civic Center Events
- Friday 9/19/14, Turnin’ N Burnin’ Fall Classic Barrel Race, Through Friday: Exhibition runs start at 5:00 PM, Barrel Race at 7:30
- Sunday 9/21/14, Saturday & Sunday:Exhibition runs start at 8:00 AM, Barrel Race at 11:00 AM. A concession stand will be open. There is no charge for the public to attend
- Friday 9/26/14, Miss Rodeo Florida Horsemanship Competition, 8:30 AM, Miss Rodeo Florida Pageant is open to Florida girls wishing to promote the great sport of Rodeo. Queens attend rodeos, parades, community events and speak to schools educating others about the sport of rodeo. Miss Rodeo Florida will represent our state at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, NevadaFriday 9/26/14-9/28/14 Martha Josey Barrel Racing & Horsemanship Clinic, Through a weekend of barrel racing and pole bending instruction given by experienced riders and instructors. Perfect for beginners or experienced riders. Learn how to start your new prospect or put more confidence and snappy turns in your finished horse.
If you’re a non-profit organization and have an upcoming event please send all of your information to 210 WN Park St. Suite 102, email it in at email@example.com or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!