Lake Okeechobee at dangerous level; Corps of Engineers increasing discharges
Water levels in Lake Okeechobee are reaching dangerous levels just as hurricane season hits its peak.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that it was increasing discharges from the lake on Friday to reduce pressure on the Herbert Hoover Dike.
The lake stage stood at 14.57 feet Thursday, above the level when Hurricane Irma struck in September 2017. Irma pushed the lake above 17 feet, and a similar storm would push the lake even higher now, the Corps of Engineers said.
Increased discharges raise concerns about more algae blooms in Martin County, where cleanup workers already are using vacuumlike equipment to skim away algae.
Aecom, a company based in Boca Raton, is heading the project, according to Treasure Coast Newspapers.
A specially designed Sea Tow boat equipped with a powerful vacuum pump and a This skimmer is being used to vacuum algae out of waterways in Martin County.