WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Drier Forecast Prompts End To Lake Okeechobee Discharges

Satellite image of Lake Okeechobee showing the cyanobacteria algae bloom. Image courtesy of NASA

Satellite photograph of Lake Okeechobee from July 2016, showing a large cyanobacteria algae bloom. Image courtesy of NASA

Water managers are suspending flows from Lake Okeechobee to Florida’s east coast, where the influxes triggered toxic algae blooms this summer.

They are looking ahead to a dry year after one of the state’s wettest.

The discharges will slow to a trickle to Florida’s west coast, where the estuary requires some water from Lake Okeechobee to help manage its salinity.

Mark Perry of the Florida Oceanographic Society says some 218 billion gallons of water flowed to the east coast from the state’s largest lake since the discharges began in January.

“It quantifies to over 200 days or so of water supply to all of south Florida. So it’s really a major amount of water that’s been discharged.”

More than 400 billion gallons flowed to the west coast.

Heavy rain forced the discharges, triggering toxic algae blooms that prompted emergency declarations in four counties. With drier weather coming, water managers want to conserve water.

Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.


WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Amy Green

About Amy Green

Reporter and Producer

Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a regular contributor for NPR, PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many other top news organizations. Her in-progress book on the Everglades is under contract with Johns ... Read Full Bio »