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  • Corps suspends swimming activities at Franklin Recreation Area

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has temporarily suspended swimming and other water activities at the W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area located near Fort Myers. The Corps was notified this afternoon by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that an algal bloom upstream of the beach had tested positive for microcystin, a substance produced by freshwater cyanobacteria. Tests of water in the immediate vicinity of the beach were negative. However, the Corps has decided to suspend water activities at the beach until further notice.
  • Corps to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced plans to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries over the coming week. The new target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary will be a seven-day average of 1,400 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock (S-79) near Fort Myers. The new target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be a seven-day average of 200 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart.
  • Corps to reduce flows to St. Lucie; no change to Caloosahatchee

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. The new target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be a seven-day average of 700 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. The target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is unchanged at a seven-day average of 2,000 cfs as measured W.P. Franklin Lock (S-79) near Fort Myers.
  • Lake Okeechobee discharges to continue at current rates

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

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will increase discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary and resume releases to the St. Lucie Estuary as part of its effort to manage water levels.
  • Corps to increase flows from Lake Okeechobee

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will increase discharges from Lake Okeechobee as part of its ongoing effort to manage water levels. The new target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary will be a seven-day average of 1,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) near Fort Myers. The new target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be a seven-day average of 300 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart.
  • Corps to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

    With levels in Lake Okeechobee falling, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced additional reductions in water releases over the next week.
  • Corps to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary over the next week.
  • Corps to adjust Lake Okeechobee flows

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans a further reduction in flows over the next week from Lake Okeechobee. The adjustment in discharges will take place tomorrow (March 27). The new target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be a seven-day average of 500 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. The target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is unchanged at a seven-day average of 2,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured W.P. Franklin Lock (S-79) near Fort Myers.
  • Corps to change hours on Okeechobee Waterway locks

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will change the operating hours at the five locks on the Okeechobee Waterway at the beginning of April. The new operating hours at each of the five locks are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, with last lock through starting at 4:30 p.m.