Lake Okeechobee discharges being reduced today

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the water discharges from Lake Okeechobee starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary have been linked to toxic algae problems throughout the Treasure Coast. 

The discharges will be reduced by almost 25 percent. 

Through Monday, about a billion gallons of water flowed from Lake Okeechobee daily. 

The new target flow now shifts to about 750 million gallons of water each day. 

Monday, the Lake O level was at 15.76 feet, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Lake levels are falling, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  "The Corps will continue to monitor conditions and adjust flows as necessary," a release stated.

Visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers updated website on water flow data for Lake Okeechobee:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/missions/civilworks/watermanagement.aspx or http://1.usa.gov/17dm2jY

Visit WPTV's extended coverage of the toxic water situation on the Treasure Coast:
http://www.wptv.com/generic/news/toxic-water-on-the-Treasure-Coast
 

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