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  • Corps awards contract for Herbert Hoover Dike culvert replacement

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District has awarded a contract to replace the 26th and final water control structure within the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) as part of the ongoing rehabilitation project for the earthen structure surrounding Lake Okeechobee.
  • Corps adjusts Lake O releases

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District continues to monitor conditions and has adjusted releases from Lake Okeechobee accordingly. Starting Saturday, March 30, the Corps reduced the pulse release to the Caloosahatchee estuary to a 7-day average rate of 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79), as planned. In addition, the Corps reduced flows to the St. Lucie estuary down to zero cfs as measured at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80). Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could occasionally result in flows that exceed one or both targets
  • Corps adjusts Lake O releases to Caloosahatchee over next two weeks

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans to step down releases to the Caloosahatchee River over the next two weeks while continuing to send water south from the lake in order to reduce lake levels. Starting Saturday, March 23, the Corps will reduce the pulse release to the Caloosahatchee estuary to a 7-day average rate of 1,400 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79). The following week, on March 30, releases to the Caloosahatchee will be stepped down to a 7-day average pulse release of 1,000 cfs. The Corps will maintain current flows to the St. Lucie estuary at an average 7-day pulse release of 250 cfs measured at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80).
  • Corps to continue Lake O release plan with minor adjustments

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will continue its efforts to reduce water levels in Lake Okeechobee this dry season. The Corps plans to continue a push to send water south from the lake and maintain the current release rate to the Caloosahatchee River while making a slight adjustment in flows to the St. Lucie Canal to accommodate oyster spawning. Starting Saturday, March 16, the Corps will maintain the current pulse release to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a 7-day average rate of 1,800 cubic feet per second from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79). The Corps will reduce the flows to the St. Lucie estuary down to an average 7-day pulse release of 250 cubic feet per second as measured at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80). This decision will be reviewed again next week. Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could occasionally result in flows that exceed one or both targets.
  • Corps provides update on Lake Okeechobee water releases

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary while maintaining the current release schedule to the Caloosahatchee over the next week. Starting Saturday, March 16, the Corps will maintain the current pulse release to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a 7-day average rate of 1,800 cubic feet per second from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79). The Corps will reduce the flows to the St. Lucie estuary down to an average 7-day pulse release of 250 cubic feet per second as measured at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80). This decision will be reviewed again next week. Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could occasionally result in flows that exceed one or both targets.
  • Corps announces public meeting in Florida Keys for Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual; public scoping comment period extended to April 22

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announces an additional public scoping meeting in the Florida Keys regarding the development of the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). This will be the final meeting in a series of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public scoping meetings held throughout south Florida. After the scoping comments are analyzed, series of workshops will be announced in the future. The public scoping comment period will be extended through Monday, April 22, 2019. The public is invited to provide input during a public scoping meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Marathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Highway, BOCC Room (second floor), Marathon, FL 33050.
  • Corps takes action to lower Lake Okeechobee in advance of wet season

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will increase flows from Lake Okeechobee to stem the recent rise in water levels and to reduce the probability of high-volume releases during the wet season. The Corps will use Additional Operational Flexibility as defined by the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule to increase flows for the next three weeks. Starting Saturday, February 23, and continuing for the next 21 days, the Corps will release water to the Caloosahatchee estuary at an average rate of 1,800 cubic feet per second from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam, and to the St. Lucie estuary from the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) at an average rate of 500 cubic feet per second. Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could occasionally result in flows that exceed one or both targets.
  • Corps announces public meeting in Ft. Lauderdale on Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announces details for the public scoping meeting in Fort Lauderdale regarding the development of the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). A series of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public scoping meetings are being held throughout south Florida during the month of February and public scoping comments will be accepted until March 31, 2019. The public is invited to provide input during a public scoping meeting in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Broward County Main Library, 6th Floor Exhibit Area, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 3330. Doors will open at 3 p.m.
  • Corps awards $387 million contract for Herbert Hoover Dike seepage cutoff wall

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District announces the award of $387 million for construction of a Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Rehabilitation seepage cutoff wall in Palm Beach, Hendry and Glades counties. The Corps awarded the multiple award task order contract (MATOC) Jan. 31, 2019, for the construction of 28.6 miles of cutoff wall, from the dike crest through the foundation, on the southwestern side of Lake Okeechobee.
  • Corps resets flows to Caloosahatchee Estuary following recent rain

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will target 7-day average flows of 1,000 cubic feet per second from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) to the Caloosahatchee Estuary when local basin runoff from recent rains subsides.