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Corps begins Lake Okeechobee discharges in advance of Irma

The Army Corps of Engineers said today it has begun discharging water from Lake Okeechobee in advance of Hurricane Irma’s arrival.

The Corps discharges water to reduce rising lake levels and protect a dike around the lake that prevents flooding. Discharges in 2016 were blamed for algae blooms and led the Legislature to pass a bill to speed up planning and provide funding for an Everglades water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

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