Lake Okeechobee discharges to continue at current rates

Published May 7, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans no changes to releases currently taking place at Lake Okeechobee.

The Corps plans to begin a seven-day pulse release from the lake tomorrow (May 8).  The target flow for the Caloosahatchee during this period is unchanged at an average of 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) near Fort Myers.  The target flow to the St. Lucie is also unchanged at 900 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart.  Flows at one or both locations could occasionally be exceeded by runoff from rain that accumulates in the Caloosahatchee or St. Lucie basins—those flows will be allowed to pass through structures as necessary.

“The lake has dropped over the past few days, but still remains at its highest level for this date in the past five years,” said Jim Jeffords, Operations Division Chief for the Jacksonville District.” 

Today, the lake stage is 13.71 feet.  It is currently in the Operational Low Sub-Band as defined by the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS).  Under current conditions, LORS authorizes the Corps to discharge up to 3,000 cfs to the Caloosahatchee and up to 1,170 cfs to the St. Lucie. 

The Corps will continue to monitor conditions and make adjustments as necessary.

For more information on water level and flows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps’ water management website at


John Campbell

Release no. 15-052