Lake Okee­chobee at dan­ger­ous level; Corps of Engi­neers in­creas­ing dis­charges

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Randy Ro­guski Staff writer

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.


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