Concerns Moore Haven Lock Released Water Despite Army Corps Reports

by | Jul 16, 2019 | Lake Okeechobee, Press

Originally published by FOX4 News on July 15, 2019

John Cassani flew in a small airplane over Moore Haven on Saturday and noticed the Moore Haven lock was open.

“The lock was wide open. Which means the water can leave the lake and come into the river directly through the lock chamber,” Cassani said.

The Franklin, Ortona, and Moore Haven locks are supposed to remain closed unless a boat needs to pass through. But in his photo, there’s no boat around, and it’s still open.

“I thought the lock there was supposed to operate like the lock here,” Cassani said.

The Army Corps of Engineers says that they were not discharging water out of the spillway right now, they’re most recent public reports show zero discharges in the past week.

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