ALVA, Fla. - Starting at 7 a.m. Thursday, more freshwater will begin flowing from Lake Okeechobee through southwest Florida.
While this is a necessary process to help regulate the salinity of the estuary, some are still concerned, worried about the algae blooms and brown water we saw so much of last year.
So, WINK News crunched the numbers with the Army Corps of Engineers. They tells us that over the next 10 days, the releases will flow at 650 cubic feet per second. More simply, that's about 630 Olympic-sized swimming pools every day.
It sounds like a lot but to put it into perspective, at this same time last year, the flow from Lake O was 3,000 cubic feet per second. And, at the highest point in july it was 6,500 cubic feet. So, Thursday's increase will be just 10% of that.
The Army Corps of Engineers also tells WINK News this increased flow won't really affect the water level at Lake O. Rather, it'll serve its main environmental purpose keeping the fresh and salt water mix in the estuary at a healthy level.