Okeechobee Water Levels
Current Lake Okeechobee Water Level Heights
Levels are real-time resource provided by the South Florida Water Management District.
Click picture of the lake for daily water level updates or click graph on right for monthly readings…
Lake Okeechobee waterways have been in the news a lot recently. In 2004, lake levels increased to a very high elevation after four hurricanes passed over south Florida. Levels were lowered primarily via the only available outlets, to coastal estuaries. Unfortunately, these discharges were very damaging to the estuaries. Then, this past May, the state of Florida released a navigation report on the structural integrity of the aging Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds the lake. Headlines can be confusing and conflicting at times. This special edition of CERP Report will cover programs to keep the lake’s level lower, reduce nutrients entering the lake water, and strengthen Herbert Hoover Dike. While very brief, we hope it will clarify some issues.
Today, Lake Okeechobee is used to store water from a 4,000-square-mile basin north of the lake. Historically, there were many more natural storage areas in central and south Florida. Now, most of these wetlands and uplands have been developed, leaving far fewer places to store rain. In lieu of these, it is stored in the Big O. The Hoover Dike allows for additional water storage. However, this additional water is harmful to the lake’s ecology.
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