May 15, 2019

Lake level under debate

The last time Lake O was this low (in May 2017) ...

Just four short months (Oct 2017) it rose a whopping 6 feet.

Lake stage over the past two years
relative to major ecological, operational
and statistical thresholds.  

Lake stage is currently about 2 feet below normal for Mid May ...

And 2 feet above its record low.

A historical view of Lake
stage from 1970 to present
using the same color code
as the above hydrograph

In sum, the Lake goes up and down,

As predicated by nature and operations of levees, gates, pumps and canals.

Currently its operation is under review ...

By way of the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM).

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