Record rains in Florida during last year's wet season and this dry season, blamed on the El Nino weather pattern, has caused Lake Okeechobee, water conservation areas within the Everglades, and the Everglades at large to be flooded with too much water.
Civic Association Directors last week toured the Everglades to see the issues in person. The tour was given by our corporate partner, the Everglades Foundation. CEO Eric Eikenberg presenting aboard the airboat.
The latest news:
Water Heading South to Save Wildlife from Drowning
The South Florida Water Management District is allowing 10,000 gallons of clean water per second to flow out of a water catchment area west of Broward and Miami-Dade counties to help save wildlife from drowning.
Gov. Rick Scott asked that the water be released into the Northeast Shark River Slough in Everglades National Park last week, but the request needed federal approval.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted the request Monday because of the emergency situation, which includes the threat of deer drowning in the so-called Water Catchment area 3.
Water Release May Do Little to Help St. Lucie Estuary
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed Monday to release water from a bloated conservation area into the Everglades, but the massive water dump may do little to help the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.
Paul Gray, a scientist for Audubon Florida and Lake Okeechobee expert, said there is so much water in the lake, relieving the conservation area west of Broward and Miami-Dade counties won’t be enough to stop flows into the estuaries.