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Army Corps to announce Lake Okeechobee discharge details Oct. 14

The St. Lucie News-Tribune logo The St. Lucie News-Tribune 10/13/2020 Tyler Treadway, Treasure Coast Newspapers
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The Army Corps of Engineers will announce Wednesday when Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers will start, officials said Monday.

That's a slight delay in what the agency previously said: that it would announce details Monday or Tuesday for discharges that could start Tuesday or Wednesday.

The exact rate of flow will be announced too, but Col. Andrew Kelly, the agency's commander for Florida, said Friday it likely will be 1.16 billion gallons a day east to the St. Lucie and 2.59 billion gallons a day west to the Caloosahatchee.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Col. Andrew Kelly, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander for Florida © U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Col. Andrew Kelly, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander for Florida

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The discharges could last a month or more, Kelly said.

The Corps will stop the discharges as soon as possible, he added, but the duration ultimately will depend on rainfall and the amount of water flowing into the lake.

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Tyler Treadway is an environment reporter who specializes in issues facing the Indian River Lagoon. Contact him at 772-221-4219 and tyler.treadway@tcpalm.com.

This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Army Corps to announce Lake Okeechobee discharge details Oct. 14

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