Water Management Plan for Lake Okeechobee

by James W. Vearil, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


Lake Okeechobee is a large, natural freshwater lake in Southern Florida with a drainage area of about 5,650 square miles. The Corps of Engineers operates and maintains project works on Lake Okeechobee and its outlets, and the main outlets for the Water Conservation Areas. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) operates the remainder of the project based on Corps specified criteria. Lake Okeechobee is regulated to provide flood control, navigation, water supply for agricultural irrigation, municipalities, industry, and Everglades National Park, regional groundwater and salinity control, and recreation. Water control plans for multipurpose projects must blend all the varied, and often conflicting purposes.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Water management | Water-based recreation | Water resources | Water supply | Water conservation | Floods | Navigation (waterway) | Florida | United States

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