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Water releases to the Caloosahatchee River will be reduced over the next two weeks

Posted: 2:50 PM, Mar 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-21 18:50:09Z
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District plans to reduce water releases to the Caloosahatchee River over the next two weeks. Water will continuing to be sent south from the lake in order to reduce lake levels but at a slower rate.

Starting Saturday, March 23, the Corps will reduce the pulse release to the Caloosahatchee Estuary to a 7-day average rate of 1,400 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79). The following week, on March 30, releases to the Caloosahatchee will be stepped down to a 7-day average pulse release of 1,000 cfs. Water flows to the St. Lucie estuary will maintain the average 7-day pulse release of 250 cfs measured at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80). This decision will be reviewed again in two weeks. Additional runoff from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could occasionally result in flows that exceed one or both targets.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has been releasing water to lower the lake during the dry season while monitoring conditions in the lake and in the estuaries,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, Deputy Commander for south Florida. “At this time we are seeing good recession on the lake. The Corps’ will step down releases to the Caloosahatchee Estuary while moving as much water south as possible.

For more information on water level and flows data for Lake Okeechobee, visit the Corps’ water management website at www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/WaterManagement.aspx.