Water-Related News

Corps lowers Lake O releases to Caloosahatchee to 1,500cfs

OKEECHOBEE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that starting on May 15 releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River will be reduced from 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 1,500 cfs.

That decrease in volume will also come with a change in how water is released from the Franklin Lock to the Caloosahatchee, with the corps switching to a pulse release as opposed to a steady flow.

USACE says the pulse releases will help flush the lower end of the system, raise salinities, and help combat the formation of algae.