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 be engaged with the development of the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). A series of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public scoping meetings were held throughout south Florida during February and March 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 Webinars

Corps offers series of webinars on Lake O water management

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will offer a series of lunchtime webinars to provide background information on water management in south Florida as it pertains to Lake Okeechobee and the region.

Please follow the instructions below to participate in the one hour webinars, starting at noon:

Webinar Link (accommodates 200 people):
https://usace.webex.com/meet/lakeocomments
Security code: 1234
Dial in (accommodates 500 people):
USA Toll-Free:   877-336-1831
USA Caller Paid/International Toll: 404-443-6397
ACCESS CODE: 8993438 Security Code: 1234
NOTE: if participation exceeds 200, attendees may download the presentation from the LOSOM web page at www.saj.usace.army.mil/LOSOM and dial in.
You may submit questions during the webinar using the chat function or via email at LakeOComments@usace.army.mil.

Download the presentation May 20 - Fundamentals of the Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) Project
Download the presentation May 22 - Lake Okeechobee Ecology
Download the presentation May 24 - Dam Safety and the Herbert Hoover Dike
Download the presentation May 28 - Estuary Ecology
Download the presentation May 30- Water Management and the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule
Download the presentation June 4 - Kissimmee River Restoration

Jacksonville District staff will conduct six webinars, the first beginning at noon, May 20. The intent is to provide information to the public on the Central & Southern Florida Project water management system as work continues on the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM).

“We are conducting this series of webinars to give people who are interested an opportunity to learn more about the various aspects of water management in south Florida,” said Tim Gysan, LOSOM Project Manager. “Each webinar will provide information on the fundamentals of water management, and an overview of some of the major considerations we must take into account when making decisions. We encourage everyone to attend these webinars so they come prepared with a good working knowledge of the basics of water management and associated issues in advance of the upcoming public workshops.”

The Corps will conduct the LOSOM webinars on the following dates:

May 20 - Fundamentals of the Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) Project
Learn more about the C&SF Project, the series of canals, pumps and associated infrastructure which makes it possible for us to live and work in south Florida.
Download the presentation May 20 - Fundamentals of the Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) Project

May 22 - Lake Okeechobee Ecology
Learn more about the ecology of Lake Okeechobee, and the special issues associated with alterations to the natural system.
Download the presentation May 22 - Lake Okeechobee Ecology


May 24 - Dam Safety and the Herbert Hoover Dike
Learn more about Dam Safety issues and the Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds Lake Okeechobee and protects the surrounding communities.
Download the presentation May 24 - Dam Safety and the Herbert Hoover Dike


May 28 - Estuary Ecology
Learn more about the ecology of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries, east and west of Lake Okeechobee, which are very different in both their size and requirements.
Download the presentation May 28 - Estuary Ecology

May 30  - Water Management and the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule
Learn more about how the Corps and South Florida Water Management District work together currently to manage water in the large south Florida water management system and some of the many technical considerations they take into account when making decisions.
Download the presentation May 30- Water Management and the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule

June 4 - Kissimmee River Restoration
Learn more about the Kissimmee River Restoration Project, which restored more than 40 square miles of river floodplain and provides storage and treatment for water coming from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, north of Lake Okeechobee.
Download the presentation June 4 - Kissimmee River Restoration

Each one hour webinar will begin at noon, with a 20 to 30 minute presentation, followed by a moderated question-and-answer period.

To ensure the best possible audio experience for the participants, all phone lines will be muted during the webinar. Questions may be asked in one of two ways: through the webinar’s chat function or through the email address LakeOComments@usace.army.mil (NOTE: please write “LOSOM Webinar Question” in the subject line of your email). Online questions will be addressed as time allows, and similar questions may be grouped together.

Please follow the instructions below to participate in the one hour webinars, starting at noon:

Webinar Link (accommodates 200 people):
https://usace.webex.com/meet/lakeocomments Security Code: 1234

Dial in (accommodates 500 people):
USA Toll-Free:   877-336-1831
USA Caller Paid/International Toll: 404-443-6397
ACCESS CODE: 8993438 Security Code:  1234
NOTE: if participation exceeds 200, attendees may download the presentation from the LOSOM web page at www.saj.usace.army.mil/LOSOM and dial in.
You may submit questions during the webinar using the chat function or via email at LakeOComments@usace.army.mil.

Download the presentation May 20 - Fundamentals of the Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) Project

The purpose of the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) 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.

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)."

LOSOM Public Input and Public Scoping Meetings (Archived May 2019)

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.

 

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

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Scoping Meeting Materials

Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) Fact Sheet

Scoping Meeting Transcripts

 

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SFWMD Links

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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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