Lake releases continue with flow reduced


LAKE OKEECHOBEE – With the level of Lake Okeechobee just below 16 feet, releases to the coastal estuaries are phasing down.

For the past seven days, average flow from the lake at Port Mayaca to the St. Lucie Canal was 638 cubic feet per second (cfs). For that same period, flow at Moore Haven into the Caloosahatchee River averaged 560 cfs. Flow at the Franklin Lock on the Caloosahatchee averaged 1,163 cfs. Flow at the Franklin lock is a combination of lake releases and local basin runoff.
Flow south for the past seven days averaged 337 cfs.
The lake level on Wednesday, Jan. 6 was 15.77 feet above sea level.

The water levels in the Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) south of the lake continue to be high. WCA-2A was at 13.24 feet, more than a foot higher than the 11.42 schedule.

Water level in WCA-3A was 11.42 feet, also more than one foot above schedule.

On Thursday, Jan. 7, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Commander Col. Andrew Kelly will conduct a media conference call to discuss the lake releases.