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Lake Okeechobee Water Level

It has been reported that water managers are considering keeping the lake higher to reduce flow east and west. The high water from the hurricanes and continued spraying is killing alot of the vegetation that was keeping the water filtered in the lake. There are only a few areas where there is clean water. If you don’t believe it, ask any BASS Elite Pros that fished here this week. If the water stays up, all the dead vegetation will turn the lake into a mud hole. It seems as if the lake is being sacrificed to protect the coasts and the sugar industry.  Although the Governor and legislature are addressing the issue, things are not progressing fast enough.  Please contact your elected representatives and demand they prioritize this before it is too late. Thanks


  • swampdogswampdog Posts: 5,652 Admiral
    Well said Lemay!
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,935 Moderator
    swampdog said:
    Well said Lemay!
    I agree !
    "You'll get your weather"
  • cortrcortr Posts: 538 Officer
    Thanks, Mr. Lemay. Your insight is spot on.  Since you are one of the most respected contributors to this forum, I appreciate your post to this thread that I originally posted. I have been coming down to Lake O since the 80’s, and I am in Clewiston now.  I have never seen the lake so unhealthy looking with the high dirty water and decaying vegetation. Everyone please realize that this lake will die as we know it if nothing is addressed. Thanks again for your contributions to the forum. 
  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 2,100 Captain
    Lake Okeechobee can be viewed as the heart of Florida's environment. The decline of natural resources in our state can be attributed directly to unscrupulous developers and big agriculture. Lived in South Florida since 1949 and the recent declines have been startling. Hope our government can speed up the solutions. Going to take resolve on the part of taxpayers and politicians.
  • mdiaczykmdiaczyk Posts: 154 Deckhand
    The governor cares about this issue some other elected officials don't. 
  • JonsredfishinJonsredfishin Posts: 3,111 Captain
    I was launching a few weeks ago and Darell Pons, pro bass guy, pulled up in his wrapped truck and boat and stopped to check out my boat. I knew that he had just returned from fishing the Okeechobee tournament so I asked him how the lake looks. He said that it’s the unhealthiest that he’s ever seen it, but he’s never seen stringers of bass and specks coming in like he did. He said the fishing was truly unbelievably good. He also said they had sprayed all of the hydrilla and it’s eventually going to be a mess. 
    One president put a man on the moon.
    Another president put a man in the Lady's bathroom.
  • cortrcortr Posts: 538 Officer
    Just returned from three weeks at Lake O. Have been going there since the eighties, and I agree it is the unhealthiest I have ever seen. The fishing was pretty good, but if something does not happen, we will lose one of the most special ecosystems in the state. Agree that spraying is killing the lake. Several locals told me that high water, decaying vegetation, and herbicide are creating a tar like substance on the bottom that cannot be good. It is complicated situation with competing interests trying to prioritize their needs. Hopefully, Gov. Desantis, SFWMD, USACE and U.S. sugar can come together before it is too late. 
  • FloridaODFloridaOD Posts: 4,512 Captain
    It is likely that Lake levels will trend higher..... after all, the Lake Levee has been “ improved”, Everglades “ Restoration” now focused on high levee structures rather than Art Marshall Plan Natural System Sheet Flow” and an assumed ever increasing development population and related “ water supply”. 
    Non- News. 
    Hunters are present yet relatively uncommon in Florida :wink
  • swampdogswampdog Posts: 5,652 Admiral
    As a side bar: Government likes growth like a drug addict likes drugs and can’t say no to their need. The unbridled growth results in the overloading of our resources and especially our infrastructure. Poorly treated wastewater and unmanaged storm water runoff coupled with the elimination of wetlands and buffer zones along the waterways, carries nutrients into those waters and causing the heaviest impacts.
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