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Push to keep Lake Okeechobee at lower water level

Posted: 4:42 PM, Jul 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-27 21:54:33Z
Push to keep Lake Okeechobee at lower level

As the discharges from Lake Okeechobee resume, Blair Wickstrom at a closed Florida Sportsman, looks out at a bunch of algae.

"No idea that we'd be dealing with issues like this," said Wickstrom. "Our entire industry is being affected."

Now he's wondering how it can be fixed.

"If this doesn't make you want to act you're not going to act," said Wickstrom.

Blair is part of a push to keep Lake Okeechobee at a lower level during the dry season up until the wet season.

"If would have had the lake at a lower level when the wet season began, we wouldn't have discharges now," said Wickstrom.

Kenny Hinkle Jr. says 12.5 feet would be good enough.

"If we can go in at 12.5 we're not going to have a catastrophe like we see years after year after year," said Hinkle Jr.

The push even has the attention of Congressman Brian Mast who is up for reelection.

A spokesperson at the U.S. Army Corps says the agency is aware of this proposal and researching it.

Some people I spoke with in the Glades communities agree a lower lake level would be better for the ecology of the lake as well as safety concerns with the Herbert Hoover Dike.