SWFL Clean Water Advocates Hear Federal Proposal for Lake Okeechobee Operations

Jul 19, 2021 | Press

Originally published by WINK News on July 19, 2021

A new plan is up for discussion to help fishing on Lake Okeechobee while also alleviating algal blooms in the state. One of the ultimate goals is to improve the water quality for folks on and around the lake.

It’s not one size fits all when it comes to solutions for Lake Okeechobee, but officials managing the lake are working toward the best-case scenario for everyone.

“We have a balanced array that we can optimize to get the best benefits for everybody,” said Col. Andrew Kelly with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The hope is to enhance the ecology of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries, Lake Okeechobee releases and Everglades ecology.

“Nobody should have seen this as a silver bullet,” Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said.

Southwest Florida clean water advocates believe there is room for improvement and still too much water coming our way.

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