Don't Play In The Weird Green Water
Lake Okeechobee water release resumed today. The lake levels are at their third highest for the last eleven years at 14.48ft. They plan to try the releases in pulses instead of a steady stream to more simulate rains. The lake is currently mostly covered with a blue-green algae. Not only are the locks opening to go out to the oceans, they are draining it south as well, into Everglades National Park. The new reservoir plan was passed by Trump. It goes to Congress next.
“We have received permission to open the S-12 structures on July 13, which will help increase flows from the overfull Water Conservation Area 3A into Everglades National Park,” said Kirk. “The Water Management District is slowing flows into the lake from the Kissimmee River and other points north, and moving as much water as they can to tide and to other storage areas at points south.”
Recent developments in Washington DC have also led to progress on multiple long-term projects that will give water managers more flexibility when making decisions in the future.
“Within the past 24 hours, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works has transmitted the state’s proposed Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir project to Congress,” said Kirk. “In the past week, the Corps has allocated an additional $514 million in funding to accelerate completion of dike rehabilitation to 2022. We continue to turn dirt on Kissimmee River projects and the C-44 Reservoir. The state of Florida is progressing on the C-43 Reservoir among its many projects. All of these efforts represent critical measures to improve the current water management system and the environment in south Florida.” USACE
Weather Safety at Venues
American Meteorological Society put out an article on Weather Safety at Venues and Public Gatherings. Turns out people are killed every year by weather at these events. The ways varied. One of the worst was the Pope visiting in a heat wave. Others included lightning, large hail, stampede, down burst, stages being blown over and terrorizing wind vs tent incidents. Apparently many organizers don't have weather plans or hope for the best. There is a lot of helpful tips in there for event organizers to be weather ready and avoid weather injury & death litigation. For the attendees, it's best to stay aware and seek shelter as needed.