TCPALM: Corps to stop Lake Okeechobee discharges to St. Lucie River

TCPALM: November 3, 2016. Written by Tyler Treadway.

After 279 days and more than 218 billion gallons of water, Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie River are stopping.

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday the gates at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam will shut Friday morning and stay that way except for occasional releases of local rainfall runoff.

The end of the summer rainy season, a drier-than-normal forecast for winter and Lake O's elevation drop below 15 feet 6 inches prompted the halt, said Candida Bronson, acting operations chief for the Corps in Florida. "Barring an unexpected heavy-rain event, we expect the recession to continue."

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