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Local organization host "Stop the Lake O Discharges" rally

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jun 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-10 18:36:33-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. --- Rallying for clean water, that's what one local Fort Myers organization want Southwest Florida residents to do. 

The organization known as, Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement, is hosting a rally in hopes of stopping Lake Okeechobee water discharge. The "Stop the Lake O Discharges," will be held on Saturday, June 16 on the Fort Myers Beach Bridge beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The U.S. Army Corps began discharges from Lake Okeechobee on Friday following weeks of heavy rain in Florida. In a written statement the Army Corps said the discharges will occur into the St. Lucie Estuary to the east and Calloosahatchee Estuary to the southwest. 

The target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is 4,000 cubic feet per second as measured at Moore Haven Lock located in the southwest part of the lake.  The target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary is 1,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock near Stuart.