EAA reservoir plan draws heated debate

The public comment period at the Dec. 21 South Florida Water Management District meeting about the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir brought out emotions and some accusations. While the SFWMD meeting presented EAA reservoir alternatives that can be built on state-owned land, many in the audience were more concerned about State Sen. Joe Negron’s recent statements […]

SFWMD plans EAA reservoir on state land

Sen. Negron wants modeling to use more EAA land Can the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir be built on land the state already owns? South Florida Water Management District officials are moving ahead with a plan to do just that. Florida State Senator Joe Negron has expressed doubts and asked for computer modeling to use […]

Negron wants more land for EAA reservoir

Just when it looked like the long-discussed Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir was finally on it’s way to becoming a reality, somebody’s trying to change the plan … again. An EAA reservoir has been part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) approved by Congress in 2000. The Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS) called for a […]

Everglades AA reservoir options considered

Plans for providing more water storage in the Everglades Agricultural Area were reviewed at the public meeting on the Everglades Agricultural Area storage reservoir on Dec. 5 at the South Florida Water Management District office in West Palm Beach. This was the seventh public meeting about the EAA reservoir. Matt Morrison, of the South Florida […]

S-127 navigation lock is open

BUCKHEAD RIDGE — The S-127 navigation lock on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee has resumed normal operations. The lock, located at Buckhead Ridge in Glades County, was temporarily closed Sunday, Dec. 10, to inspect the hydraulic system. For schedules for SFWMD navigation locks and navigation notices, visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation.

Without CEPP, EAA reservoir would be ‘static’ storage

As plans for the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir make their way through a myriad of government meetings, reviews and approvals, comments at public meetings indicate there is still a lot of confusion about the project. A recap of some major points discussed in meetings related to the project: • The EAA reservoir was in the […]

Lake Okeechobee flow: Why not clean it north?

In all of the public meetings about the level of Lake Okeechobee, amid discussion of harmful releases to the coastal estuaries, storage reservoirs, Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells and deep well injection options, one question always comes up, and is never answered: “Why isn’t water cleaned BEFORE it goes into Lake Okeechobee?” This may […]

Storm surge is greatest risk to the dike

The greatest threat to the Herbert Hoover Dike during a hurricane is storm surge. Sustained hurricane force winds can push the lake’s water from one side to the other, sending a wall of water crashing into, or even over, the dike. On Sept. 11, as winds from Hurricane Irma pushed Lake Okeechobee’s water north, the […]

Airboat tour highlights Glades ecological, historical tourist lures

Sunny, warm, perfect “Chamber of Commerce weather” greeted a wide-ranging group of people poised in positions to help bring a tourism ripple effect to the Glades last Thursday as the City of Belle Glade and the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County hosted an airboat tour of the Torry Island waters along […]

Reservoir options considered

“In 1947, the state of Florida had one of the worst floods in the state’s history,” Clewiston Mayor Mali Gardner told the crowd gathered at the John Boy Auditorium Monday night. Reading from Lawrence Will’s book “Swampland to Sugarbowl,” she noted that in following the diking of Lake Okeechobee and the channelization of the Kissimmee […]