US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), a component of the Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) System Operating Plan

Port Mayaca Lock at Lake Okeechobee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District invites the public to provide scoping input on the development of the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). A series of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public scoping meetings will be held throughout south Florida during the month of February and public scoping comments will be accepted during the extended comment period until April 22, 2019.

The purpose of this effort is to reevaluate and define operations for the Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule that take into account additional infrastructure that will soon be operational. The additional infrastructure that will be taken into consideration includes the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation, Kissimmee River Restoration Project, as well as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) C-43 West Basin Storage Reservoir and C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area.

LOSOM Public Input and Public Scoping Meetings

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District invites the public to provide scoping input on the development of the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). A series of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public scoping meetings will be held throughout south Florida during the month of February and public scoping comments will be accepted under the extended comment period until April 22, 2019.

Members of the public are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the water control plan from 2008. It is available for reference at: https://usace.contentdm.oclc.org/utils/getfile/collection/p16021coll7/id/8423

Public scoping meetings scheduled for the Lake Okeechobee System Operations Manual (LOSOM)

NOTE: ADDITIONAL LOSOM PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING IN KEYS TO RECEIVE INPUT FROM FLORIDA BAY AREA AND PUBLIC SCOPING COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED TO APRIL 22, 2019.

Marathon
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Marathon Government Center
2798 Overseas Highway, BOCC Room (second floor), Marathon, FL 33050

Lehigh Acres
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Lee County Mosquito Control District Training Center
15191 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

Okeechobee
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Indian River State College
Williamson Conference and Education Center
2229 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972

Clewiston
Monday, February 11, 2019, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
John Boy Auditorium
1200 South W.C. Owen Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440

Stuart
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Indian River State College
The Clare and Gladys Wolf High-Technology Center
2400 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997

Fort Lauderdale
Tuesday, February 26, 2019,
3:30 to 5:30
Broward County Main Library
6th Floor Exhibit Area
100 S Andrews Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Note: Meeting will run 3:30 to 5:30 with doors open at 3

West Palm Beach
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

South Florida Water Management District
Governing Board Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Miami Gardens
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183rd Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Public Scoping Comments

The extended public scoping comment period ends on April 22, 2019.

Submit comments by email:
LakeOComments@usace.army.mil

Submit comments by mail:
Dr. Ann Hodgson
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District
P.O. Box 4970
Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019

Authority

Section 1106 of the 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) directs "The Secretary shall expedite completion of the Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule to coincide with completion of the Herbert Hoover Dike project, and may include all relevant aspects of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan described in section 601 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (114 Stat. 2680)."

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SFWMD Links

www.SFWMD.gov
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 8.1 million residents. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Created in 1949, the agency is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

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Overview of SFWMD’s water quality improvement
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Restoration Strategies
Progress of the Restoration Strategies program.

Reports
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A wide range of technical reports related to operation of the south Florida system.
Moving Water Interactive Map
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Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response
Provides details on DEP’s response to algal blooms and contact information to report a bloom.

Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs)
Includes links to specific plans for the Lake Okeechobee watershed, Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and estuaries.

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Features the latest updates on red tide in Florida.

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