Originally published in The News-Press by Chad Gillis on June 8, 2019

The Caloosahatchee River estuary may soon suffer harm if daily rains don’t come soon.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managers cut flows from Lake Okeechobee last week to 450 cubic feet per second as measured at the W.P. Franklin Lock, the water control structure that separates the freshwater portion of the river from the estuary.

That’s just above the harm threshold of 400 cubic feet per second.

“We probably need more freshwater flow due to the lack of rainfall here in early June,” said Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani. “What the research has shown is we need about 800 cubic feet per second to maintain that salinity envelope at 10 or below in the upper estuary.”

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