Army Corps of Engineers meeting to discuss Central Everglades Planning Project

STUART, Fla. - The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss sending some Lake Okeechobee discharges south.

The meeting scheduled at 6:30 p.m. will focus on the Central Everglades Project, which would divert more than 65 billion gallons of water from Lake Okeechobee south to the Everglades.

Even though the Corps recently lowered the amount of water being discharged, that could change because of recent rain.

A representative with the agency stated in an e-mail Wednesday that if the area gets a substantial amount of rain that causes Lake Okeechobee to rise, then the flows could be increased.

The lake level stood at more than 15 feet on Wednesday.  The Corps says they try to keep the level between 12 and 15 feet.

According to a regulation schedule, engineers could release up to more than a billion gallon of water a day if the lake were to rise quickly.

Engineers say it's unlikely they'll make any adjustments before next week.

Thursday's meeting will be held at the Wolf High-Technology Center at Indian River State College.

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