TCPALM: Army Corps still won't stop Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River

TCPALM: October 27, 2016. Written by Tyler Treadway.

Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to a seven-day average of 519 million gallons a day beginning Friday.

The Army Corps of Engineers announced the latest round of discharge reductions Thursday, noting that Lake O is receding and the summer wet season is "winding down," according to Candida Bronson, acting operations chief for Florida.

Lake O has dropped within 2 inches of the corps' maximum preferred height. On Thursday morning, the lake elevation was 15 feet, 7¼ inches. The corps tries to keep the lake between 12 feet, 6 inches at the start of the summer rainy season and 15 feet, 6 inches at the end of it.​

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