Lake discharges to start towards SW Florida

ST LUCIE COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - The Army Corps of Engineers says it will start discharges again from Lake Okeechobee. However, the water will flow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary.

The Corps said, "flows to St. Lucie Estuary will remain at 0 cfs except for any runoff that collects in St. Lucie Canal that we allow to pass through the St. Lucie Lock."

Last year, discharges caused algae blooms and lower salinity levels that wreaked havoc on the water, animals and the economy on the Treasure Coast.

"The lake has seen a one-quarter foot rise in the past week and the most current analysis of forecasted conditions show an increase to projected lake inflows over the next six months," said Lt. Col. Tom Greco, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida in a news release. "We'll continue to work with stakeholders to assess conditions in order to make sound operational decisions."

The discharges will begin February 8.

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