Lake Okeechobee

For over 100 years, the flow of water into the Everglades from Lake Okeechobee has been substantially altered. The restoration of this historic flow is essential to the health of our fisheries, habitat, and water quality in South Florida estuaries and Florida Bay.  Record rainfall in January 2016, and the associated discharges necessary to lower Lake levels, has resulted in a cascade of environmental crises ranging from salinity imbalances to a severe algal bloom along the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

Read the ASA Everglades Position Statement.

Below is a timeline of the latest crisis which has been a hot issue in the news all year. Check back for updates.

Crisis Timeline