Update on Water Levels in South Florida

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Weekly Water Level Update


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Water Levels in Key South Florida Water Bodies

  1. Lake Okeechobee: 14.53 ft, 1.03 ft above baseflow
  2. WCA 2A:  11.60 ft, 0.60 ft above regulation schedule
  3. WCA 3A:  9.54 ft, 0.38 ft below regulation schedule

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced recent adjustments to water releases from Lake Okeechobee. These operations are intended to reduce the risk of larger lake releases during the rainy season when Harmful Algal Blooms on Lake Okeechobee are more likely to be present. There are no observed Harmful Algal Blooms on Lake Okeechobee at this time.

The South Florida Water Management District is sending as much water south to the Everglades as possible and supporting operations to reduce water levels in Lake Okeechobee with non-harmful releases of lake water. It is important to lower Lake Okeechobee's water levels when there is not algae on the lake. SFWMD is closely monitoring oysters, sea grass, and other estuarine conditions. 

You can get updates on water levels, flow volumes and current water conditions from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' website and the South Florida Water Management District's website.

Learn More About Long-Term Projects to Improve Water Management in South Florida

The South Florida Water Management District remains committed to advancing projects to improve water levels and reduce harmful discharges to the Northern Estuaries. Learn more here.

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Note: The data in this report are for Mar.22 – Mar.28 and the total volumes are reported in acre feet (AC FT). All data provided in this update are provisional and subject to quality assurance and quality control review. Water levels (“elevations”) are reported in NGVD29, a scientific measurement of the level of water in comparison to sea level.