As of Aug. 7, according to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, approximately 10.7 billion gallons per day were being discharged from Lake Okeechobee. About 3.7 billion gallons per day are flushed down the St. Lucie River, and almost double that is flushed down the Caloosahatchee River to the west coast.
This is being done, we are told, to protect the levees. Flows into the lake from the north (Kissimmee River and Fisheating Creek) may not be preventable, but why are they still pumping almost a billion gallons a day into the lake from the agricultural areas south of the lake
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