Army Corps to reduce flows again from Lake O

Posted at 11:58 AM, Mar 17, 2016

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday its second reduction in flows from Lake Okeechobee since the beginning of the month.

The Corps plans to reduce discharges from the lake starting Friday, March 18.

“The lake has continued to fall with the onset of drier weather,” said Jim Jeffords, Jacksonville District Operations Division Chief. “Based on current conditions, our water control plan calls for another reduction in flows. However, some precipitation has been forecasted in the week ahead, which could slow the recession. We’ll continue to monitor and adjust accordingly.”

As of Thursday, the lake stage is 15.32 feet, down more than one foot since it peaked at 16.40 feet on Feb. 8.

The Corps said they will continue to monitor conditions and adjust flows as necessary to balance the competing needs and purposes for water in Lake Okeechobee.