‘Lake O’ discharge to be reduced again


FORT MYERS, Fla. – Lake Okeechobee discharges into the Caloosahatchee River will be reduced by 25 percent beginning on Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

The water releases were first reduced on March 4. The lake levels have dropped more than one foot since record highs in early February.

Scientists warn that the releases need to be drastically cut for marine life to survive. They had been flowing near a target of 4,000 cubic feet per second following a peak at 6,500 cubic feet per second. Any releases around 3,000 cubic feet per second could kill new fish spawn, scientist said.

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