| Mar 7, 2011
| 8:07 AM
Broward County has joined Palm Beach County in the extreme drought department, the National Weather Service in Miami said.
Between Oct. 31 and March 3, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport – one of Broward’s primary weather...
| May 16, 2011
| 8:23 AM
Despite worsening drought conditions, South Florida cities and counties are still opting for warnings instead of punishments for watering rule breakers.
More than 2,500 warnings have been issued since new landscape watering rules took effect March 26...
| May 17, 2011
| 2:48 PM
A large power plant with smokestacks up to 150 feet high has been proposed for a patch of Florida panther habitat south of Lake Okeechobee, setting up what is likely to be a bitter fight with environmentalists.
Eddie Garcia, a Palm Beach Gardens...
| May 19, 2011
| 5:05 AM
Lake Okeechobee’s declining water level strains urban and environmental water supplies alike, as South Florida waits for drought-quenching summer rains to bring relief.
Lake Okeechobee serves as South Florida’s primary back-up water supply,...
| May 23, 2011
| 10:12 AM
The peregrine falcon, the world’s swiftest killer, has learned to use human technology to catch birds.
The falcons follow airboats through the Everglades and around Lake Okeechobee and pounce on birds flushed by the noisy, propeller-driven...
| May 23, 2011
| 1:12 PM
New irrigation restrictions kicked in Monday for sugar cane growers and other agriculture due to drought-strained Lake Okeechobee dropping too low to keep water flowing to South Florida.
Lake Okeechobee is South Florida’s primary backup water...
| May 25, 2011
| 2:52 PM
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...
| May 26, 2011
| 3:35 PM
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,...
| May 27, 2011
| 11:33 AM
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...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 9:31 AM
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...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 8:25 AM
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...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 1:58 PM
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...