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Army Corps of Engineers to hold public meeting in Lehigh

July 24, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced a series of public meetings for the Draft Integrated Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project.

The series of public meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the following locations:

* Tuesday, July 31

Lee County Mosquito and Hyacinth Control Districts

15191 Homestead Road

Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

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* Wednesday, Aug. 1

Indian River State College

Wolf High-Technology Center

2400 SE Salerno Road

Stuart, FL 34997

* Thursday, Aug. 2

Indian River State College

Williamson Conference and Education Center

2229 NW 9th Avenue

Okeechobee, FL 34972

The Corps proposes an above-ground wetland attenuation feature and several aquifer storage & recovery wells in an area north of the lake. The proposed plan also calls for restoration of 5,300 acres of wetlands in the area. The draft document was released for review on July 6, 2018.

"This plan provides additional flexibility for managing water north of the lake in a manner consistent with Everglades' restoration goals," said Lisa Aley, Planning Technical Lead for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project. "We hope that people join us for the public meetings, and look forward to hearing from people living and working in the area on this proposed plan."

The Draft LOWRP Integrated PIR/EIS document is available at:

The Corps will accept public comment through Aug. 20.

Those interested in submitting comments may do so electronically at

Written comments can be mailed to:

Dr. Gretchen Ehlinger

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District

P.O. Box 4970

Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019

The LOWRP study began during the summer of 2016 with a goal to identify opportunities to improve the water storage capacity in the Lake Okeechobee watershed in a manner that would improve lake stage levels for environmental and water supply purposes while reducing undesirable discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries, and restoring wetlands along Kissimmee River.

More information on Jacksonville District's ecosystem restoration efforts is available at



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