Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee / credit: Florida Fish & Wildlife @ flickr

On Friday (Nov. 4), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) suspended water flows from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River and reduced flows into the Caloosahatchee River.

“Barring an unexpected heavy-rain event, we expect the recession to continue.  We can safely suspend releases [from Lake Okeechobee] to the St. Lucie and will continue reducing flows to the Caloosahatchee from 2,800 cfs (cubic feet per second) to 650 cfs over the coming week,” Candida Bronson, acting operations division chief for the Jacksonville District, said in a media release.

Falling water levels have allowed the Jacksonville District of the ACE to alter the flows.

Due to concerns about the integrity of the aging Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding the lake, the ACE monitors the water levels constantly. The ACE built the dike from 1932-38.