Water releases reduced from Lake Okeechobee
FORT MYERS -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the amount of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River.
The Corps says falling lake levels, drier conditions and an improving precipitation forecast have allowed them to cut the water flows from the lake by more than 30 percent.
The Corps began releasing water from Lake Okeechobee on May 8th to take the pressure off the lake's aging dyke. The resulting water releases have lowered the lake by nearly two feet.
More reductions are promised if the lake levels continue to fall as predicted. Stay tuned to Fox 4 News for more on what these water reductions could mean for water quality in Southwest Florida.