Latest Okeechobee, Florida Stories

2010-03-05 11:30:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) receives praise for its proven success in cleaning water south of Lake Okeechobee by two top state environmental agencies in their annual restoration report. The 2010 South Florida Environmental Report, published by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District, reveals the EAA achieved a 68 percent reduction in phosphorus loads in 2009 and an overall...

2009-08-14 15:14:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In the Everglades restoration effort, farmers south of Lake Okeechobee recorded another year of tremendous success with their eco-friendly farming practices. Employing Best Management Practices (BMPs), farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) achieved 68 percent phosphorus reductions in the water leaving the region, according to the South Florida Water Management District's annual update on Everglades restoration performance. Under...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jul. 11--Water managers vowed Thursday to close the $1.75 billion deal for the U.S. Sugar Corp without hiking taxes on South Florida homeowners, but the big buyout will come at the cost of delay for other Everglades projects. The South Florida Water Management District's proposed budget would scale down, postpone or shift construction work to the federal government -- diverting the savings to buy a swath of sugar fields long coveted by...

2008-07-09 21:00:15

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ In the midst of pushing for a $1.75 billion land deal to boost Everglades restoration, South Florida water managers on Wednesday suggested lessening the cleanup requirement that guides work to fix the River of Grass. Trying to clean water by building filter marshes on phosphorus-rich farmland hasn't gotten the water quality to levels set after years of legal wrangling, according to the South Florida Water Management District. Now, with the district angling to buy...

2008-07-03 12:00:31

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jul. 3--A FOOT OF WATER -- that's the difference one wetter year makes in Lake Okeechobee. The big lake, which serves as the region's rain barrel, fell to its all-time low on this date last year, bottoming out at 8.82 feet above sea level. On Thursday, it sat at 9.85 feet, climbing by nearly a half-foot over the last week alone, thanks to steady rains over and north of the lake. While the lake is in better shape than last year, water managers...

2005-04-30 10:10:00

LAKE OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) -- Lake Okeechobee was in trouble before last year's hurricanes churned up a thick layer of pollution from the bottom, turning the water the color of day-old coffee. But the worst may be yet to come. "What you're going to find this summer is this lake is going to turn just as green and just as slimy as anything you've seen in a science fiction movie," Mayor J.P. Sasser said, sitting in a cottage that overlooks the murky lake. "When that starts, no one will get on...

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