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Army Corps works to finalize Lake O plan that could affect Florida waters

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A plan that could affect Florida waters for the next decade is still in the works. The Army Corps of Engineers is working to finalize their Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). The corps has five potential plans on the table right now for consideration. On Wednesday, they released data on those plans and their potential impacts on different stakeholders. “It’s really important that organizations like ours and stakeholders that are able to look at these plans and look at this data,” Captains for Clean Water co-founder Chris...

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Recent satellite images of Lake O algal blooms may be deceiving

SANIBEL, Fla. – NOAA’s satellite images of Lake Okeechobee’s algal blooms may not show the whole picture. A satellite image taken on May 11th showed toxic algae covering more than half of the lake. 500 square miles were green, yellow, or red on the image. On May 24th, only 150 square miles of the lake were covered in a bloom. It could make viewers think the bloom is shrinking or going away, but that is not the case, experts said. The lake is lowering quickly with the recent dry weather in Southwest Florida. The wind is pushing the blooms around and...

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Toxic blue-green algae continues to come down Caloosahatchee

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Water officials are tackling toxic blue-green algae coming down the Caloosahatchee River. Several health alerts have been put in place due to the green gunk making a mess of some canals. The area near the Franklin Lock in Alva is one of the areas placed under a health alert. Despite Lee County Commissioners writing to the Army Corps of Engineers asking for changes to Lake Okeechobee water releases, nothing is being done. Reducing water releases from the lake has the potential to significantly improve SWFL waterways, but the Army Corps said that they’re not making...

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Algae covers water from Lake Okechobee to Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Algae is covering water from Lake Okechobee down to Fort Myers. Right now, more than half of Lake Okeechobee is covered by algal blooms. Captains For Clean Water co-founder Chris Wittman said it’s too late to make a big change for our summer. He hopes we do not experience heavy rain before June.   “Water quality is the most important issue that affects our community and our economy,” Wittman said. “If we have a very wet summer, it’s going to be bad news for our communities.” Captains for Clean Water is calling on the Army...

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Calusa Waterkeeper urges Governor to stop water flow from Lake O to Caloosahatchee

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As the algae situation on Lake Okeechobee continues to worsen, numerous conservationists sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to stop the release of water from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River. The letter — signed by 14 local conservation leaders — asks DeSantis to issue an emergency order that would prevent southbound water releases from Lake Okeechobee. They’re also asking that homeowners and businesses affected by red tide be compensated. In the last couple months, the algae on Lake O has continued to spread. Here’s...

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