US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Corps monitoring tropics, maintains flow schedule from Lake O

Published Sept. 13, 2018
Lake Okeechobee Levels from Jan 2018 through Sept. 13, 2018

Lake Okeechobee Levels from Jan 2018 through Sept. 13, 2018

Graphic of Lake Okeechobee Water Stages at various years, showing higher lake levels going into active hurricane season.

Lake Okeechobee Water Stages at various years, showing higher lake levels going into active hurricane season. Current lake levels are shown in solid blue. Lake Okeechobee is currently at 14.71 feet above sea level.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District maintains the current flow schedule for water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

“We are closely monitoring tropical activity, including multiple storms in the Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean. If conditions change, we are ready to reevaluate the situation,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida.

Target flows for W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) continue at 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The target for pulse releases at St. Lucie Lock &Dam (S-80) continue at an average of 1,170 cfs over a seven-day period, with no releases on Saturday and Sunday, although local basin runoff may still be discharged. Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could occasionally result in flows that exceed one or both targets.

Lake Okeechobee is currently at 14.71 feet above sea level. During the past week, lake levels rose 0.05 feet, with a 0.17 foot rise in the past 30 days.

The Corps continues to monitor conditions and tropical storm activity closely, and will adjust flows as necessary. For more information on water level and flows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Jacksonville District water management website at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/WaterManagement.aspx.


Contact
Erica Skolte
561-340-1527
561-801-5734 (cell)
Erica.A.Skolte@usace.army.mil

Release no. 18-068