SFWMD Puts State Funding to Work
Governor, Legislature invest in protecting South Florida’s water resources
West Palm Beach, FL — More than $150 million in new state funding included in the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) recently approved budget is being put to work on an array of critical projects to improve water quality and supply for the Everglades and South Florida’s environment.
“Providing clean water to restore the Everglades and protect South Florida’s water resources requires strong commitment as well as significant funding,” said SFWMD Executive Director Blake Guillory. “Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature provided both this year, with a state budget that allows this agency to move forward on projects to achieve these important goals.”
Everglades Restoration: $102 million
Given its critical importance to Floridians, the largest portion of new state funding is being invested in Everglades Restoration. Funding includes:
- $32 million for Governor Scott’s Restoration Strategies plan to improve Everglades water quality. Funding will be directed toward continuing construction of the A-1 and L-8 flow equalization basins, which will store and improve water flows into Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) that remove phosphorus from Everglades-bound water. The funding will also help complete design work to increase capacity at STA-1 West, near Wellington, as well as to plan and prepare the Mecca Shallow Impoundment site, which will help provide water for the Loxahatchee River.
- $40 million for the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area. The former citrus operation in Martin County is set to become a 6,300-acre wetland to clean local stormwater runoff before it reaches the St. Lucie River and Estuary. State funds will be used to accelerate construction of the STA component and pump station construction. The contract for STA construction was approved by the Governing Board in September.
- $18 million for the C-43 Reservoir project. Funding allows the District to begin early work on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) project to capture local basin runoff to protect the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary. Work includes construction of a key berm and pump station.
- $5 million for Kissimmee River Restoration. Funding will help acquire about 500 acres needed to continue the successful effort to restore the river and floodplain, which continue to show positive signs of ecosystem recovery.
- $5 million to support C-111 South Dade project construction. This funding will allow the District to acquire about 525 acres needed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for constructing a key component of the project to help improve hydrology and water flow to Everglades National Park.
- $2 million for Picayune Strand Restoration. Funds will be used to carry out testing for pump stations that will help restore the hydrology of the area.
Dispersed Water Management Program: $13 million
Along with projects to improve Everglades water quality, storing water on public and private lands is a key tool to reduce the amount of water flowing into Lake Okeechobee and/or sent to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries during high water conditions.
This year, the Governor and Legislature have invested $13 million to further the effort, known as the Dispersed Water Management Program. To date, the District has stored an average annual of 86,257 acre-feet. Of 43 project sites, 29 are operational with the remaining sites being planned or under construction. As of early October, 28 of the sites are full. The total potential retention capacity for all 43 sites is 88,585 acre-feet, or approximately 29 billion gallons of water.
Moving Water South and Land Preservation: $2.8 million + $20 million
In concert with its Dispersed Water Management Program, the District has been working to send as much water south as practicable from Lake Okeechobee. The state’s appropriation of $2.8 million will be used to increase water storage on publicly owned lands. Funds will also cover the cost of continued extended operations at major pump stations to assist in conveying water south from the lake and to operate new pumps installed last year.
In addition, $20 million from the Florida Forever fund will go toward acquiring land needed for the Indian River Lagoon-South natural lands project.
About the South Florida Water Management District
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional, governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state – 16 counties from Orlando to the Keys. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. The agency mission is to manage and protect water resources of the region by balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply. A key initiative is cleanup and restoration of the Everglades.
News Cast for October 9th:
Work began on the widening of state road 70E from 2 to 4 lanes this week. FDOT spokesperson Janet Cook says the near 29 million dollar project will widen about nine miles over the next three years. Also included are three new bridges, a refurbished bridge over Mosquito Creek and several ponds to improve drainage along the route. Cook says they will do construction in phases so it doesn’t disrupt traffic as much.
Video interview is on our Facebook page.
Up to 5 thousand dollars in property damage was done by a vehicle riding on the basketball court at the Okeechobee sports complex sometime Monday night. Sheriff Deputies said a truck appeared to have caused tire marks from spin outs and burn outs on the court and they hope to find the culprits.
Among arrests, 53 year old Johnny Slone of Fort Pierce was charged with 32 felony crimes related to dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a pawnbroker charges. Bond was 160 thousand dollars. He’s accused of stealing metal wire, barrels, a fork lift and trailer and sold them to an Okeechobee salvage yard. The owners were later arrested but those charges were dropped. They have sued the sheriff for allegations of false arrest and civil rights violation in US District Court in South Florida.
In the courts, 23 year old Michael Holmes received four years in prison for charges related to a city police traffic stop on January 6th where 17 explosive devices were found in the vehicle. Holmes was on parole at the time. He was adjudicated of six crimes including possession of a short barreled rifle or shotgun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of met amphetamines. He pled no contest to the charges.
Sports Cast for October 9th:
Makayla Root had 10 service points in the second game and Cheyenne Nunez had nine points including four aces in the second game to lead Okeechobee to an easy district win in volleyball over Fort Pierce Westwood last night 25-17, 25-5 and 25-6.
Okeechobee got off to a slow start in a sloppy first game according to Coach Taylor Pritchard. Okeechobee improves to 10-6 on the season.
Freshman Megan Hargraves said the Lady Brahmans had an obvious physical advantage over Westwood and had to work to stay focused on the match. The girls’ next match will be Tuesday against Lake Placid for senior night.
On the sports schedule today, Moore Haven volleyball visits Glades Day starting at 5 pm. Yearling will host Osceola for volleyball and soccer this afternoon, both soccer teams will come in undefeated. Game times at 4:30. Tonight is also the homecoming parade through downtown, they ask spectators to watch it from the north side of route 70.
News Cast for October 8th:
Okeechobee commissioners will consider a two year lease extension with the county fair for use of the Ag Civic Center this week. President of the Fair Board Linda Syfrett says they like the location and the relationship they have with the county. Syfrett reported record attendance at the fair last year due to improvements in entertainment and due to great weather. She said the attractions will improve again this year. She also asked support for the State Legislative Delegation to pursue a grant to help the county build a hurricane shelter and all-purpose building at the Ag Center for indoor events.
Among arrests, 27 year old Jose Segura was charged with lewd and lascivious battery for alleged sexual relations he had with a 14 year old girl on October 4th.
58 year old Ernie Whaley was charged with resisting arrest without violence and battery on law enforcement after an apparent family squabble. He allegedly kicked a deputy in the arm while being treated at the hospital.
91 year old Virginia Mayer was identified as the elderly woman who drowned in a pond at Oasis Village on Friday. A relative hadn’t been able to reach her for two days and called law enforcement. Deputies say it appeared Mayer was gardening in the back yard when she tripped and fell and landed in the water. The medical examiner ruled it a drowning and accidental death.
Sports Cast for October 8th:
Osceola middle school remains thrilled with their unbeaten start in soccer this year. The Warriors defeated Storm Grove 5-0 on Monday. Goal keeper Mark Homes didn’t have much action but said he was impressed with how his team played in the second half
Defender Gage Ingram whose mom Bobbie is an assistant coach, scored the final goal of the match. He says the team continues to believe in itself and that the school has rallied behind them.
WOKC’s Facebook page has interviews with the OMS Soccer players!
Yearling volleyball dropped a home match to Gifford 25-15 and 25-7 on Tuesday.
Yearling soccer rolled past Gifford 6-1.
On the sports schedule today, volleyball was rescheduled from Tuesday and the Lady Brahmans will meet Westwood with JV at 4 and varsity to follow. Yearling volleyball travels to Brighton at 4:30 pm. Lady Brahman golf visits Sebastian River this afternoon. JV football meets Vero Beach at 5 pm.
Reporting Officer: Detective Cari Arnold #26
Agency Case Number: 14S17968
Case Description: Death investigation
Initial Officer Responsible: Deputy Serifini
NOTE: The following information was taken from the initial report filed on
October 03, 2914
On October 3, 2014 at approximately 1150 hours Deputy Serifini was
dispatched to welfare check at 1604 Hwy 441 SE #102. According to complainant
Ruth-Anne Beaver, she has been unable to reach her aunt, Virginia Mayer for two
According to Ruth, she talks to Virginia daily.
Address: 1601 Hwy 441 SE #102
Name: Virginia Mayer
Address: 1601 Hwy 441 SE #102
Phone: (863) 447-1520
Name: Alex Gignac
Address: 1601 Hwy 441 SE #78
Name: Ted Majesky
Address: 1601 Hwy 441 SE #103
Name: Milly Majesky
Address: 1601 Hwy 441 SE #103
Name: Gary Adkins
Address: 1601 Hwy 441 SE #136
Name: Tony Adkins
Address: 1601 Hwy 441 Se #136
Name: Shirley Adkins
Address: 1601 Hwy 441 SE #136
Next of Kin:
Name: Ruth-Anne Beaver
Address: 4301 Beck Road
Morganton N.C. 28655
INJURIES: Small “V” shaped cut on chin.
DATE / TIME FRAME: Between 10/01/2014 @ 1200 hours and 10/02/2014 @ 1230 hours.
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: N/A
CRIME SCENE PROCEDURES: photographs and physical evidence collected by Detective
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATION:
October 3, 2014 at 1230 hours,
I, Detective Cari Arnold, was assigned this case for further investigation.
I began my investigation by making contact with the Deputy Serifini who advised
me that victim Virginia Mayer had been found deceased in the lake behind her
Deputy Serifini gave me the names of the witnesses who found the body
and had been in contact with the deceased’s family member Ruth-Anne Beaver.
I approached the body and found it was partially in the water. The body
was positioned on her back with her head, shoulders and arms in the water. Her
breast’, abdomen, legs and feet were out of the water on the bank.
The head of the body was pointing in a north east direction. She was
holding her glasses in her left hand and it appeared that she was holding some
type of paper (tissue) in her right hand.
In a direct path, from the body towards the house, I observed
grass, weeds and dirt piled up where it appeared she had been doing some
gardening in her back yard approximately twenty (20) feet from the water.
It appears she was gardening beside a power junction box. This box had a
large screw sticking out of it as well as large hinges.
There were drops of what appeared to be blood on the power box by the
There was a concrete walkway between the power box and the house. Just beyond
the power box, there were a few stains on the concrete walkway that appeared to
be blood. Beside (north) the power box was a plant that also appeared to have
blood splatter on it. Those stains were collected and will be sent for testing.
Swabs, photographs, and a sample of water from the lake were collected and will
be entered into evidence.
The lake is located in the center of the housing development with modular homes
surrounding it. The rear of each home has water access. Some have seawalls but
Mayer’s did not.
I spoke to Alex Gignac. Alex is a neighbor who checks on Virginia on a semi
regular basis. Alex advised me that Virginia is in good health. She walks around
the park and drives often. (White Saturn P257TS) When Virginia is home and is
ok, she turns on her porch light. If the light is off. Alex will stop in and
check on her. (Today the light was off) Alex is available if Virginia needs him
but he does not intrude on her privacy.
I asked Alex if he could remember the last time he saw Virginia and he advised
approximately two weeks. Alex advised me to speak with the neighbor’s at #136
directly across the street from Virginia.
Tony, Shirley and Gary Adkins live at #136. I spoke to Gary and he advised me
that he does not know Virginia well but he did see her on October 1, 2014 at
approximately noon (1200 hours) driving her car back to her house. Gary stated
he waved at her but she did not wave back. He is unsure if she saw him or not.
I spoke to Shirley who actually found the body and she stated that she was
looking around the house while the Deputy’s were talking to others and noticed
feet in the grass. Shirley began to scream. Once her husband Tony and neighbor
Alex came to her location, she returned to her house to calm down.
Shirley advised me that on Thursday October 2, 2014 Tony was at Ted and Milli’s
house (lot #103 next door to Virginia to the south) mowing and spraying for them
and he did not see the body at that time.
Shirley advised me that Virginia was polite and spoke to Tony at times but
rarely did she come over and actually visit with anyone.
I spoke to the neighbor’s at #103 Milli and Ted Majesky. They advised me that
they are not friends with Virginia but have known her for a few years. They
stated that Virginia had become paranoid and thought they were spying on her.
When they had internet installed Virginia gave them a hassle and again accused
them of spying on her. Milli is not positive but she believes that she saw
Virginia come home in her car yesterday (Thursday October 2, 2014) at around
noon time. Neither she nor Ted saw her after that.
The home to the north of Virginia is vacant at this time,.
The evidence indicates that Virginia was gardening and may have become faint,
hit her chin on the power box, the power box hinge, or the large screw sticking
out of the power box and lost her balance, stumbled backwards and collapsed into
the lake where she was found.
There were no signs of forced entry into the house and nothing appeared to be
Virginia was first noticed missing by her niece Ruth Anne Beaver.
Ruth advised me that she speaks to Virginia every morning on her way to work. On
Tuesday September 30, 2014 Virginia was in a foul mood. When Ruth called on
Wednesday and she did not answer, Ruth figured that she must be still in her
mood. However, when Ruth could not reach her on Thursday she became concerned
and called Alex and asked him to go and check on her.
When Alex went to the home he was unable to get Virginia to answer the door.
After looking through windows trying to see inside proved to be unsuccessful,
Alex decided to break into the small window on the front door.
Once he was able to pry the window up, he stuck his arm in and unlocked the
Alex went inside and was unable to locate Virginia inside. Since her car was
parked in the carport, he became worried and called the Sheriff’s Office.
As I entered the house I observed three pieces of mail placed just inside the
door on the floor. Alex advised that sometimes when she comes home from picking
up her mail that she would unlock the door; place the mail inside on the floor,
lock the door and go outside for a walk or to do whatever she had planned for
The house was neat and clean, with no signs of a struggle. There was a large
jewelry box in a closet that appeared to have been untouched. On the dresser in
her bedroom was a jewelry box with jewels in it and also on the same dresser was
a dish with jewelry in it. Both appeared to have been untouched.
Beside the bed on the night stand was a dish with quarters in it. That too,
appeared to be untouched.
Due to lack of evidence to suggest theft, or forced entry, I have no evidence to
suggest a crime was committed.
I contacted the Medical Examiner’s Office and they picked up the body to
transport to their facility to perform an autopsy on the body to determine the
cause of death.
End of report.
CLEARANCE: Medical Examiner’s report finds manor of death: Accidental. Cause of
death: Drowning. Contributing factor: Severe coronary atherosclerosis.
End of report. Case is closed.
Detective Cari Arnold #26
Kiwanis Club Of Okeechobee Holds Baby Shower To Benefit Pregnancy Center (AUDIO INTERVIEW INCLUDED)
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee recently held their annual “Baby Shower” to benefit the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee. The club was able to raise over $1500 in donations and several boxes of diapers, wipes, clothes and more for the Center.
The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee was founded in 2008 and exists to serve anyone involved in a difficult pregnancy situation
The Goal of the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee is to:
- Provide education and support to people in our community as they make important decisions about pregnancy.
- Create a safe, confidential and caring haven in which options can be provided for women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.
- Provide practical services related to pregnancy, childrearing, and relationships.
All services provided at the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee are confidential and free.
News Cast for October 7th:
Tony Madrigal was named the new head of the Okeechobee County Jail this month following the retirement of long time administrator Ronnie White. Madrigal is a product of Okeechobee high and has worked 27 years in corrections, all but one of them here in Okeechobee.
Madrigal says he feels he has made a career in Okeechobee by moving up the ranks in the jail. Under Sheriff Noel Stephen said the department likes to award good employees with promotions like this. He said Madrigals determination and other assets impressed him. Madrigal says his main goal for the jail is safety for both inmates and employees.
Among arrests, accused abuser of an autistic child, Andrew Wheeler, back in trouble again in jail, arrested for having a fight with another inmate on Friday. Wheeler and 32 year old Armondo Rodriguez were both charged with affray.
A convicted rapist was charged in Glades County with the theft of over 30 thousand dollars in jewels, household items, and guns from a home in Muse. 52 year old Earl Baumgardt faces charges of failure to register as a sex offender, grand theft firearm, second degree grand larceny and possession of explosives by a violent career criminal.
29 year old Robert Cochran was charged with battery and false imprisonment after an alleged incident on the Seminole Reservation.
38 year old Walter Oliver of Indiantown was charged with armed trespass and battery after allegedly entering the Indiantown adult high school last Thursday and throwing a metal chair at a student there.
Sports Cast for October 7th:
Ashley Snyder had 12 service points and six aces to lead Osceola to an impressive 25-7 and 25-6 defeat of the Storm Grove Sting Rays on Monday to run Osceola’s record to 5-3 on the season.
Warriors Coach Lauren Throop said the girls were disappointed in a recent loss and made up for it with some energy and effort. Snyder said even though Osceola had a physical advantage over the Sting Rays they stayed in the game mentally and strived to execute.
On the sports schedule today, Brighton volleyball will host West Glades at 4:30 pm.
Yearling soccer and volleyball will host Gifford at 4:30 pm.
Lady Brahman golf visits Jensen Beach and Lincoln Park Academy in Jensen. Boys’ golf competes with Sebastian River and John Carroll at the Sebastian Country Club.
OHS swimming meets South Fork at Sailfish Splash.
OHS volleyball will host Fort Pierce Westwood with an early start, JV at 4 and the varsity at 5 pm.
Lots of video footage on our Facebook page!
Governor Scott: We are Working With Texas to Learn from Their Ebola Response & Continuing to Coordinate with Florida’s Airports and Ports to Keep State Fully Prepared
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott issued an update on Ebola preparedness activities throughout the state, following the news that the Miami patient tested for Ebola has tested negative in a preliminary test. Further testing will be completed later this week to rule out any possibility of Ebola.
Governor Rick Scott said, “We are glad to hear that the test for the Miami patient was indeed negative for Ebola and we are hopeful that further CDC and Department of Health analysis will back up this preliminary negative result later this week. While we have no confirmed cases of Ebola in Florida, we are continuing to take every step possible to best protect our citizens and our tourists.
“Today, I spoke to Texas Governor Rick Perry about what their state has learned from responding to the confirmed Ebola patient in Dallas. We will stay in communication with Texas officials as their response and treatment efforts continue to develop. Florida state agencies also held conference calls with our state’s airport and port leaders today to share information on preparedness steps at each of their facilities. Supporting the preparedness efforts of our airports and our ports means we must have a tremendous partnership between the state, federal officials and local leaders on the ground. We will continue to communicate regularly with these leaders in the days ahead as Florida continues to hope for the best even while we prepare for the worst.”
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER AFTERNOON UPDATE:
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA):
- The Agency identified hospitals that have the proper treatment kits and isolation facilities suitable for the treatment Ebola cases.
- The Agency distributed information on the identification, handling, and reporting of a potential Ebola case to staff members at Agency call centers/area offices and in the offices of Agency partners.
- Agency staff members have been trained and placed on alert in the event that they should need to support hospitals in coordinating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) relative to pertinent waivers and related federal guidelines during the course of management of a declared emergency and commensurate diversion of facility resources.
- Agency staff members have been trained and placed on alert in the event that they are required to provide expedited reviews of any requests from hospitals relative to protocols for identification and management of suspected Ebola viral disease; including those related to the patients, transport, and the physical plant of the facility, as necessary.
Florida Department of Health (DOH):
- Additional patient screening and care guidance is being provided to all local Hospitals, Urgent Care Centers, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and all private providers of care to address the full range of issues posed by potential Ebola cases.
- Distributed Ebola-related medical guidance to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and Faith-Based Organizations (FBO) throughout the state to protect humanitarian volunteers who may travel to or from regions where the disease is present.
News Cast for October 6th:
The city of Okeechobee finalized their spending plan of 5.8 million dollars. There will also be 11.6 million in reserves.
City employees saw a modest salary hike of 1.6 percent. Property taxes were also reduced slightly. Taxes have dropped from an average of 812 dollars to 334 dollars for the average home in recent years. Mayor Jim Kirk says the city has done a good job with their finances by being conservative. He says property values are going up on the coast, and he hopes that trend reaches Okeechobee. The city will put in crosswalks at 70 and 441, continued sidewalks, new vehicles for city police, replace some computers, continue street resurfacing, and some storm water work. Work on the Taylor creek park planned is also included in the budget.
The OUA will switch it method of chlorinating potable water and water users could notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water starting today. These conditions should last about two weeks and there is no danger to your health unless you are on kidney dialysis or a fish tank.
Construction work begins on the widening of route 70E today. The lanes will be widening from 2 to 4 between North East 34th Avenue and Berman Road eventually.
Okeechobee deputies yet to release the name of a 91 year old Oasis Village resident who was found the apparent victim of a drowning in a canal on Friday.
Sports Cast for October 6th:
Roshell Thomas is back to lead the Brahman boys basketball team. Thomas won the Brahman Award for his leadership and positive attitude last year. Thomas says the award was appreciated. Thomas said he tried to play unselfish basketball last year to benefit the offense. He said he took the role of facilitator to heart. Thomas is expected to be a leader for a young Brahman squad that could include several underclassmen this coming winter.
OYFL teams won two out of five games with the Poinciana Predators Saturday at Brahman Stadium.
The Flag team fell 28-0, the Mighty Mites lost 32-0. The Junior team pulled out a 44-40 win, as Veyon Washington had over 3 hundred all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.
The senior team fell 18-12 while the Pee Wee team prevailed 22-7.
Moore Haven football fell to Evangelical Christian 34-28.
Osceola volleyball and soccer will host Storm Grove this afternoon at 4:30 pm.
Lady Brahman golf visits Lake Placid at 3:30 pm
News Cast for October 3rd:
The death of 2 year old Alex Connor was declared an accidental drowning Thursday. The Sheriff’s office continues to investigate.
The Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force says the drug problem remains a huge problem in Okeechobee with meth labs, pill addictions, heroin, cocaine and marijuana all being used.
Detective Rick Voss spoke to the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club about signs of drug use among children. He says they experience massive weight loss, blackness under the eyes, and an aggressive change in demeanor. Voss says the K-9 units are a key tool in the fight against drugs in our community.
The Okeechobee United Way set a fundraising goal of 1 hundred and 10 thousand 8 hundred dollars for this year. Co-Chair Jennifer Lafferty says she’s impressed with the local impact of the United Way.
Glades County commissioners to request support for 1 million in funds from the state to improve their waste water system and to improve security at the court house at the annual legislative delegation meeting this morning in Moore Haven.
Glades Commissioners also approved a remodel project at the South Glades Community Center in Indian Hills. 30 thousand dollars is budgeted.
Among arrests, David Lewis of Okeechobee was charged with aggravated child abuse and child abuse allegedly hitting a 13 year old in the head with a flashlight injuring his scalp. He was also accused of slapping an 11 year old child.
Sports Cast for October 3rd:
Vero Beach rallied from down 2 games to one to defeat Okeechobee in a marathon match last night, 25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 25-20 and 15-11 last night at OHS.
Brahman Coach Taylor Pritchard said he girls were motivated by some recent losses to Vero Beach. Both teams played at a high level with several long volleys for points.
Pritchard said the Lady Brahmans played their best volleyball of the season in games two and three of this match.
Yearling soccer rolled to their third win of the season with a 9-1 victory over Oslo on Thursday.
On the sports schedule this weekend, Moore Haven football visits Evangelical Christian tonight at 7 pm.
OYFL teams will host the Poinciana Predators for five games tomorrow starting at 9 am at Brahman Stadium.
The Brahman swim teams compete in the Blackman Invite in Sebring on Saturday.
Release no. 14-062
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
While levels continue to rise in Lake Okeechobee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will make no adjustments in target flows to the Caloosahatchee River at this time.
The Corps announced Wednesday (Oct. 1) that the target flow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee Estuary would remain at a seven-day average of 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) near Fort Myers. However, as has been the case for much of the summer, local runoff outside the lake into the Caloosahatchee River will likely continue to cause flows to exceed this target on a frequent basis.
The target flow for the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) is also unchanged at 0 cfs, although local basin runoff from the St. Lucie Canal (C-44) will continue to be allowed to pass through the St. Lucie Lock as necessary.
“The lake has risen a half foot over the past week,” said Lt. Col. Tom Greco, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida. “Near- to long-term forecasts all call for continued wet conditions. We’ll continue to monitor the lake level and conditions very closely, making adjustments as necessary.”
Today, the lake stage is 15.30 feet. It is currently in the Operational Low Sub-Band of the 2008 LORS, but it is within one foot of Intermediate Sub-Band. Under current conditions at this lake level, LORS authorizes discharges of up to 4,000 cfs at Moore Haven Lock & Dam, and up to 1,800 cfs at St Lucie.
For more information on water level and flows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps’ water management page at the Jacksonville District website: