The low water level of Lake Okeechobee can be seen Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Port Mayaca, the Rim Canal and the Lock 7/Jaycee Park Fishing & Observation Pier in Okeechobee County. County commissioners from Martin, Palm Beach, Glades, Hendry and Okeechobee attended a joint commission meeting later at Okeechobee High School where stakeholders voiced their concerns following statements from the Army Corps of Engineers and Rep. Brian Mast's office. (Photo: XAVIER MASCARE√ĎAS/TCPALM)

FL - Lake Okeechobee is getting lower during dry season, but how low will it go?

Ever so slightly, ever so slowly, Lake Okeechobee's water level is creeping lower.

Hundredth of an inch by hundredth of an inch. Which is a lot, considering the massive lake is 730 square miles in size.

The "Liquid Heart of Florida," as it has been called, looks pretty from its shoreline. Blue water. Green grass islands. Vegetation along its shores, lush and thriving. Wildlife and birds are everywhere, going about their business.

As of April 24, the level of Lake Okeechobee measured at 11.36 feet, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. I'll explain the numbers later in this column.

What signs indicate the lake is shrinking? Well, they're very subtle right now. For instance, the tops of the reef balls are showing underneath the fishing and observation pier at Jaycee Park near the city of Okeechobee on the lake's northern point.

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