Sept. 6, 2019

SFWMD Working with Army Corps to Avoid Harmful Releases from Lake Okeechobee to Estuaries After Dorian
Today, Army Corps Announces no immediate lake releases
 to Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries 
Click on the image to watch a video of the joint news conference between SFWMD and USACE about Lake Okeechobee operations.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  -  South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Executive Director Drew Bartlett and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District Commander Col. Andrew Kelly held a joint press conference today detailing the cooperative efforts the two agencies are undertaking to reduce the need for harmful lake releases and to move water south of Lake Okeechobee.

Kelly said that because of the work SFWMD is doing and because of dry rainfall projections for the next week, USACE does not plan to make any releases from the lake to the coastal estuaries this week and will continue to monitor lake levels.

Bartlett said SFWMD is moving the maximum amount of water possible, south out of Lake Okeechobee to storage areas to help avoid the need for damaging discharges from the lake to coastal estuaries. SFWMD is also working to hold water in Lake Kissimmee and Lake Istokpoga to control the flow of water into the lake from the north.

The press conference was broadcast on Facebook Live and can be viewed on  SFWMD's Facebook page . A high-quality version of the press conference is also available HERE .

For more updates on SFWMD's work:
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith |   rrsmith@sfwmd.gov    |  Office: 561-682-6197  |  Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management District  is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.

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