Published: May 12, 2010 2:13 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, FL - The Army Corps of Engineers says there will be a major release of water from Lake Okeechobee.

Experts say the lake is more than 2 and a half feet higher than it should be at this time of year.

A wetter than normal dry season is to blame.

But many are concerned that the rush of water from Lake O will upset the delicate  eco-system we enjoy here in southwest Florida.

On Sanibel and Captiva, some fear large fish kills and the possible outbreak of algae blooms as a result of the water release in the Caloosahatchee.

A commander from the Army Corps of Engineers met with concerned citizens Tuesday night at a public meeting to try and explain that the release must happen to maintain the integrity of the Herbert Hoover dike that surrounds the lake.