LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A steady flow of water releases from Lake Okeechobee will continue into Southwest Florida through next week.
The Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that it'll neither increase nor decrease flows.
For months they've been dumping water into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers to stabilize the lake's level and ease pressure on the Hoover Dike.
But the move has been criticized, as many believe the pollution in Lake Okeechobee has been fueling recent algae blooms.
Current flow rates have been set at an average of 2,800 cubic feet per second into the Caloosahatchee River, and 650 cf/s into the St. Lucie River, since mid July.
Thursday, the lake stage is 14.62 feet, down 0.10 feet over the past week but up nearly a foot since the lake hit its low for 2016 of 13.64 on May 17.