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Army Corps adjusting water flows from Lake Okeechobee

Posted: 12:16 PM, Jun 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-29 16:16:00Z

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making adjustments to the water flows from Lake Okeechobee over the coming days. 

Starting Friday, the target flow for the St. Lucie estuary will be reduced to zero for 9 days starting June 30.

The average target flow for the Caloosahatchee estuary, however, remains unchanged, at a 14-day average of 3,000 cubic feet per second.  The Corps will release water to the Caloosahatchee in "pulse" patterns, meaning flows will vary over the 14 days.

Daily flow amounts into the Caloosahatchee:

  • June 29         3,500
  • June 30         4,300
  • July 1          3,800
  • July 2          2,900
  • July 3          2,700
  • July 4          2,400
  • July 5          1,400
  • July 6          3,500
  • July 7          4,300
  • July 8          3,800
  • July 9          2,900
  • July 10         2,700
  • July 11         2,400
  • July 12         1,400     

As of Thursday, the lake stage is 14.10 feet. Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could also occasionally result in flows that exceed targets.