Sun Sentinel: Written by Andy Reid. October 8, 2017. he man-made danger of turning Florida’s Great Lake into an oversized retention pond is resurfacing again. Lake Okeechobee’s rising waters have hit their highest point in 12 years — raising concerns about South Florida flooding risks. The lake’s water level over the weekend pushed past 17 feet above sea level, which is nearly two feet above the maximum targeted to avoid flooding. It’s up more than 3 feet since Hurricane Irma soaked Florida. Those rising waters threaten to overwhelm the lake’s leaky dike – a 30-foot-tall mound of rock, shell and sand relied on to keep the lake from swamping South Florida. The more-than-70-year-old dike is already considered one of the country’s most at risk of failing and is in the midst of a decades-long rehab. Continue reading "Lake Okeechobee's rising waters create costly consequences"read moreWPTV: Written by Meghan McRoberts MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- Treasure Coast residents say they are noticing the steady decline of the quality of the water in the Indian River Lagoon. RELATED: More Toxic Water coverage Water levels in Lake Okeechobee have reached 17 feet, prompting more concern and daily inspections for the Army Corps of Engineers. This is the scenario that both Treasure Coast and Glades residents have feared: One where both their livelihoods are on the line. The Army Corps of Engineers has to release more water to the St. Lucie Estuary to be sure the lake levels will not flood homes near the lake. On the other hand, the releases threaten the economy, tourism and public health on the Treasure Coast. Monday, the water in the St. Lucie River appeared dark, brown, and foamy along the shoreline. Continue reading "Water quality declining on the Treasure Coast; community hoping for a stop to Lake O releases"read more
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