Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

New look at Lake O

Discharge water quality now monitored in real-time

Jonathan Richardson, a member of Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, prepares a Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory, known as LOBO, for it’s new home in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River to monitor water conditions in July 2015. Four LOBO sensors are monitoring the river and one the Indian River Lagoon. ERIC HASERT

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For the first time, Lake Okeechobee discharges into the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon are being documented in real-time by a network of remote-controlled water quality monitors. Two types of monitors from two Fort Pierce-based research groups are reading and recording measurements, including water flow, salinity, cloudiness and contaminants entering the estuaries from Lake O as well as several canals and streams.

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Water funding fight continues in Florida

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An Orlando senator's attempt to stop land and water conservation money from being used for pumps and pipes failed. State Sen. Darren Soto withdrew his amendment after facing opposition. But Soto said he'll try again with a new measure that would require water projects funded with Amendment 1 money meet certain criteria, such as protecting a body of water.

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Bill would allow Texas reservoir to bypass feds

Dallas Morning News

With population growth in Collin and adjoining counties in Texas booming and demand for water on the rise, Rep. Sam Johnson has submitted a first-of-its-kind bill to Congress that would exempt a proposed Fannin County reservoir from federal oversight for construction and operation. Though approval in Congress is far from certain, water district officials are hopeful.

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