South Florida Water Management District
There is good news and not-so-good-news concerning Lake Okeechobee.
South Florida residents may have to call Noah for a ride if the rain doesn’t end soon. Plus, severe thunderstorms with high wind gusts and flooding rains are expected to hit right around rush hour.
South Florida remains under a flood watch, but has held up remarkably well during the deluge that started on Sunday.
While many South Floridians cursed the recent heavy storms for ruining their weekend, officials with the Water Management District couldn’t be more thrilled.
Some environmentalists expressed optimism Friday at a proposal by Gov. Rick Scott aimed at trying to resolve a years-long dispute over restoring the Everglades, despite the state’s assertion that it needs several more years to get the ecosystem clean.
Counties across South Florida are getting ready to slash jobs and benefits due to budget shortfalls, now the South Florida Water Management District is about to do the same.
The end of June marks the final day of work for 123 workers with the South Florida Water Management District. The employees accepted buy-outs instead of facing firings next month.
Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill that will cut property taxes paid to state water management districts. But, while some taxpayers may get a refund, it will come at a cost in jobs.
The water level in Lake Okeechobee has fallen below 10 feet above sea level for the first time since 2007.
It’s going to be more than just a little rain to bring South Florida’s water-levels back to where they should be.