We've suspected this all along. Through independent scientific research, corroborative evidence demonstrates that excess freshwater discharges laden with nutrients act as a catalyst for the proliferation, frequency and duration of red drift algae and red tide in our back bays and near-shore water.
Ray Judah
Lee County Commissioner
District 3
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, will offer a series of four public meetings to present information on the revised draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and proposed operational revisions to the Lake Okeechobee and Everglades Agricultural Area Water Control Plan, which is used to regulate lake levels and discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, August 7 - Stuart
7 p.m.
Indian River Community College - Chastain Campus
Wolf High-Technology Center
2400 SE Salerno Rd.
Stuart, FL 34997

Wednesday, August 8 - Fort Myers
7 p.m.
Lee County Commission Chambers
2120 Main St.
Ft. Myers, FL 33901

Monday, August 13 - Belle Glade
7 p.m.
Everglades Research & Education Center (IFAS)
3200 E. Palm Beach Rd.
Belle Glade, FL 33430

Tuesday, August 14 - Okeechobee
7 p.m.
Okeechobee Civic Center
1750 Highway 98 North
Okeechobee, FL 34972

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a period for public comment. All interested individuals, groups and agencies are encouraged to attend and will be given the opportunity to provide formal public comment on the revised draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and the proposed operational revisions to Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule. In accordance with the approved study scope, only potential operational changes to the current water management system were considered; structural modifications were not considered.

Proposed revisions to the Water Control Plan include a new regulation schedule that would replace the existing Water Supply Environment (WSE) regulation schedule and associated operational guidance. The draft regulation schedule and operational guidance were analyzed in the draft SEIS. If the draft SEIS leads to a Record of Decision, then a request for approval of the new water control plan for Lake Okeechobee and Everglades Agricultural Area will be submitted to the Corps' South Atlantic Division.

Visit the Corps Web site at www.saj.usace.army.mil to view the revised draft SEIS and proposed operational changes.


Comments may be submitted to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: Yvonne Haberer
Planning Division
701 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Comments may also be submitted by e-mail to: LORSSComments@saj02.usace.army.mil
Assistance is available for individuals with special needs by calling (904) 232-1106 at least three business days prior to the meeting.

Stories From Your Neighbors

One way to truly understand the impact that freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee are having on Lee County is to hear your neighbors’ experiences. Those who live on or near the Caloosahatchee River are really seeing the effects first-hand. Here are their stories.

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Phosphorus [P]:
An element or nutrient required for energy production in living organisms; distributed into the environment mostly as phosphates by agricultural runoff and life cycles; frequently the limiting factor for growth of microbes and plants.

Blue-Green Algae:
A type of algae natural to our area that blooms in the climatic and nutrient conditions it finds favorable.

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