WPTV: Army Corps to increase Lake Okeechobee discharges

Article Posted on August 23, 2018

By: Alex Hagan, WPTV

Not only will the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue discharging Lake Okeechobee water Friday. They plan to increase those releases both to the East and West coasts.

The Corps announced they plan to increase discharges to the St. Lucie River by more than 200 million gallons a day.

Over a two week period, discharges will average nearly 970 million gallons a day.

That's nearly 1500 Olympic-sized swimming pools a day.

That's bad news for Danny Robitaille at Flying Fish Paddle Sports.

"It's scary because we're suffering through this and nobody seems to be blinking an eye," said Robitaille. "Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse they're going to discharge more water."

A Corps spokesperson says the discharges are increasing because of Lake Okeechobee's level.

Right now the lake is at more than 14.5 feet.

Last year the lake was around 13.5 feet before Hurricane Irma hit. After the storm, the lake rose to more than 17 feet…

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