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Push to delay Lake O water releases

Posted at 6:56 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 06:56:23-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- The Army Corps of Engineers said we're likely to see water releases from Lake Okeechobee soon, due to the current lake level.

State and water quality leaders are asking for a delay and plan to be at a hearing in Washington, D.C. to talk about this Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Corps earlier this week. He asked for a delay in the releases. He, along with members of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management Disctrict, are expected to take part in the hearing.

According to our sister station in West Palm Beach, the Corps won't be attending, but is holding its own conference call about the lake Thursday.