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Army Corp of Engineers scheduling public meetings on Lake Okeechobee

The US Army Corps of Engineers will kick off public meetings to comment on development of the next Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). The LORS is critically important because it establishes when, where and how much water is released through all different outlets from Lake Okeechobee for both flood control and water supply demands from competing users.

The first meetings are scheduled in Lee County next Tuesday, February 5th. Two meetings are scheduled at 1 pm and 6 pm at the Lee County Mosquito Control District Training Center in Lehigh Acres, address listed below. These first meetings are "scoping" meetings for the public to share concerns about how water is managed, concerns you have over water management and changes or recommendations you'd like to make to the Corps to inform their modelling and development of the next LORS.

It's a great chance to come and hear from the Corps and others to become informed for other future meetings.

The Corps will prepare a NEPA assessment for the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), which is required by Section 1106 of the 2018 Water Resource Development Act.

The purpose of this effort is to reevaluate and define operations for the Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule that take into account additional infrastructure that will soon be operational. The additional infrastructure that will be taken into consideration includes the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation, Kissimmee River Restoration Project, as well as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) C-43 West Basin Storage Reservoir and C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area.

Information will be available at the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) web page: www.saj.usace.army.mil/LOSOM on social media on the Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page: https://www.fa