First coast residents can fight invasive species by participating in the 10th Annual First Coast Air Potato Roundup Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding area. In addition, Jacksonville University will host an event Monday, Feb. 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. The Invasive Species Management Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District and partners at the First Coast Invasive Working Group host the event to celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will further increase flows from Lake Okeechobee this weekend in an effort to stem the rise in water level brought about by recent heavy precipitation. Starting Friday (Feb. 5), the Corps will remove specific target flows and release as much water as practical through Moore Haven Lock (S-77) located on the west side of the lake, and the Port Mayaca Lock (S-308) located on the east side of the lake.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District asks the public to use caution in the waterways at Mile Point on the St. Johns River. Heavy construction is ongoing in the Chicopit Bay and Helen Cooper Floyd Park area near Mayport Naval Station.
With the rise in Lake Okeechobee accelerating, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced its intent to increase flows from Lake Okeechobee. New targets are 6,500 cfs to Caloosahatchee and 2,800 cfs to St. Lucie.