LOSOM Update: U.S. Army Corps Headed in the Right Direction

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced its objective to optimize the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual final preferred alternative.


The Corps’ announcement is an important step in the right direction to achieve region-wide balance by reducing harmful discharges to the east and west coasts and sending more water south in the dry season by adding operational flexibility.


The Corps, which recently led a robust public engagement process with stakeholders across Florida, committed to the following optimization goals based on the feedback received:


  • Recognize the Seminole Tribe of Florida as a separate and distinct water supply user

  • Reduce stress into the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary