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FWC presenting new Lake Okeechobee management plan

Lake Okeechobee water level drops below targeted range
Posted at 4:41 PM, Aug 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-18 04:23:26-04

CLEWISTON FLA — Florida Fish and Wildlife will discuss new lake management plans for Lake Okeechobee at an open house in Clewiston on Wednesday, August 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the John Boy Auditorium.

After 2 years of gathering input, FWC’s new plan breaks down into three categories: Habitat protection, fish management, and invasive plant management. FWC’s goal is to maintain healthy fish and animal populations. They also plan to increase the harvest of invasive plants by 20% over the next 5 years. On Tuesday, we learned the Army Corps of Engineers is planning water releases for Lake Okeechobee. FWC is still taking public feedback on the drafted plan.

Here is a link to the full draft.