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Swimming beach open at W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has reopened the swimming beach at W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area on the Caloosahatchee River. The swimming beach on the Caloosahatchee River near Olga was closed temporarily due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. Recent test results indicate that the water quality at the swimming beach meets the safety criteria recommended by the Florida Department of Health and the area is safe for waders and swimmers. The public is welcome to enjoy the beach and many other amenities available at the recreation area. [Read More]
Published: Apr-19-18

W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area beach closed for swimming

The Jacksonville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed the beach at W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area for swimming because of concerns about water quality. The beach remains open for sunbathing and recreational activities other than swimming. [Read More]
Published: Apr-17-18

Corps seeks public comment regarding water use for navigation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is seeking public comment regarding the use of waters within the State of Florida for navigation. The comment period closes April 18. [Read More]
Published: Apr-05-18

Corps accepts public comment through March 31 regarding temporary lock closure

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will accept public comment through March 31 regarding the temporary closure of the Ortona Lock in scheduled for June. The Corps has been accepting public comments on the proposal to temporarily close the Ortona Lock along the Okeechobee Waterway in south Florida for maintenance and repairs since the end of January. [Read More]
Published: Mar-27-18

Corps maintains current flows from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will maintain current flows from Lake Okeechobee until further notice. [Read More]
Published: Jan-11-18

Corps continues transition to lower flows from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce discharges from Lake Okeechobee as it continues to implement its transition plan toward dry-season rates. [Read More]
Published: Jan-04-18

Corps steps down water releases from Lake Okeechobee, releases to St. Lucie Estuary down to zero

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District continues to implement a transition plan to step down water releases from Lake Okeechobee. “We are in the second week of our transition plan, which reduces flows to the Caloosahatchee and brings water releases at the St. Lucie down to zero. By next week, we will be at low flow levels for the dry season under the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida. [Read More]
Published: Dec-28-17

Corps transitions to lower flows from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will implement a transition plan to step down water releases from Lake Okeechobee over the next three weeks. [Read More]
Published: Dec-21-17

Corps continues pulse releases from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans to continue pulse releases from Lake Okeechobee at current rates while preparing for a gradual reduction of releases to dry-season flows over the coming weeks. [Read More]
Published: Dec-14-17

Corps steps down releases from Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will step down releases from Lake Okeechobee for the third time in the past month. Starting Friday (Dec. 8), the Corps will initiate 7-day pulse releases with an average target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary of 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) near Fort Myers, and 1,170 cfs for the St. Lucie Estuary as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. [Read More]
Published: Dec-07-17
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