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Lake Okeechobee

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  • Power plant in panther habitat wins zoning approval

    Power plant in panther habitat wins zoning approval
    A large power plant proposed for Florida panther habitat south of Lake Okeechobee passed an important hurdle Tuesday when the Hendry County Commission voted unanimously to rezone 3,127 acres of ranch land for the project. Eddie Garcia, a Palm Beach...
  • Pumps to keep Lake Okeechobee water moving south, despite environmental threats

    Pumps to keep Lake Okeechobee water moving south, despite environmental threats
    Pumps will be added to keep drought-strained Lake Okeechobee’s water flowing south, despite environmental objections about draining wildlife habitat. While that will help irrigate sugar cane fields and potentially boost community water supplies,...
  • Feds reject new territory for Florida panthers

    Feds reject new territory for Florida panthers
    A petition to reintroduce the Florida panther to part of its historic range in northern Florida and southern Georgia was rejected Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ¬†even though the agency’s own recovery plan calls for expanding the...
  • Everglade snail kite nests abandoned as Lake O level falls

    Everglade snail kite nests abandoned as Lake O level falls
    Everglade snail kites abandoned their young to die at six nests on Lake Okeechobee over the past week, as the pumping of water from the lake for farms and cities dried up the birds' foraging areas. The birds build nests in vegetation over the water to...
  • Lake Okeechobee hits lowest level since 2008

    Lake Okeechobee hits lowest level since 2008
    Lake Okeechobee, South Florida’s backup water supply, dropped to its lowest level since 2008 when its water level dipped Saturday below 10 feet above sea level. By Monday the lake hit 9.89 feet – 2 feet below normal and more than 4 feet below...
  • Three Palm Beach County cities face tougher watering rules due to drought

    Three Palm Beach County cities face tougher watering rules due to drought
    Lake Okeechobee’s continued water level decline is expected to trigger new once-a-week landscape irrigation limits for West Palm Beach water customers. The switch to stricter watering rules for homes and businesses would also apply to the town of...
  • Governor fills final vacancy on South Florida Water Management District board

    Governor fills final vacancy on South Florida Water Management District board
    The last vacancy on the South Florida Water Management District Board was filled Thursday when Juan Portuondo of Key Biscayne was sworn in to represent Miami-Dade County. Portuondo became Gov. Rick Scott’s sixth appointee to the nine-member board...
  • Water managers trying to avoid taking more Everglades water to ease drought

    Water managers trying to avoid taking more Everglades water to ease drought
    Water managers so far don’t plan to dip deeper into the Everglades to help ease South Florida’s water supply woes during the lingering drought. One of the South Florida Water Management District’s last-resort measures during past...
  • After a soggy Sunday, plenty of sun and heat this week

    After a soggy Sunday, plenty of sun and heat this week
    Following a Sunday drenching for parts of South Florida, expect another blazing hot week with lots of sun and isolated storms in the afternoons. Sunday proved to be stormy for parts of South Florida, where hail fell on both Coral Springs and Hialeah...
  • Recent rains still leave South Florida facing groundwater shortage

    Recent rains still leave South Florida facing groundwater shortage
    Even after brief relief brought by weekend rains, most South Florida water supplies remain well below normal – adding to the strain of a record-setting drought and manmade water problems. Groundwater monitoring wells in Broward and Palm Beach...
  • Review of proposed Everglades Headwaters wildlife refuge to be released in August

    Review of proposed Everglades Headwaters wildlife refuge to be released in August
    The first environmental review of a controversial proposal for a huge federal wildlife refuge north of Lake Okeechobee will be released in August. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will release an environmental assessment of the proposal for the...
  • Delayed Everglades restoration prompts Palm Beach County leader to question state, federal 'courage'

    Delayed Everglades restoration prompts Palm Beach County leader to question state, federal 'courage'
    Frustrated with stalled Everglades restoration, Palm Beach County Commission Chairwoman Karen Marcus contends that federal and state officials lack the "courage" to get it done. One year ago, Palm Beach County imposed a moratorium on new rock mines...