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FL - Army Corps: Lake Okeechobee Discharges to Continue Through Jan. 9

Reduced and pulsed Lake Okeechobee discharges into the St. Lucie River estuary will continue at least through Jan. 9, officials announced Friday.

It's too early to speculate whether the Army Corps of Engineers would stop or continue discharges after Jan. 9, agency spokesperson Jim Yocum said Friday. Officials will reassess a long-term dry season plan in February.

The Army Corps last week began "pulse discharges" of excess Lake O water. Releases were halted for five days starting Dec. 5. Then started a seven-day reduced release of 969 million gallons per day Wednesday.

That cycle — reduced discharges, a halt, then more reduced discharges — will continue for at least the next four weeks. A discharge plan was released by the Corps Friday, outlining release rates through January:

Pulse 1

  • Dec. 10-16: 969 million gallons per day will pour through the St. Lucie Lock and Dam into the St. Lucie River

Pulse 2

  • Dec. 17-21: No Lake O releases into the St. Lucie River
  • Dec. 22-28: 969 million gallons per day will pour through the St. Lucie Lock and Dam into the St. Lucie River

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