Lake of decades

Here’s a look at the rise and fall …

Of Lake Okeechobee over the decades.

Animated annual hydrograph of stage in Lake Okeechobee, in feet above sea level, as drawn between the 25th and 75th percentiles.

The 80s and 90s were higher.

That cause the interior littoral vegetation to degrade.

Then the 2000s took a turn downward into drought,

But also saw the condition of the interior perimeter wetlands improve.

Calendar chart showing stage in Lake Okeechobee, from 1970 to present.  Cool colors represent higher water stage and warmer colors lower water

The cycle of drought and flood has sort of moderated since 2010s.

That’s in part due to the new regulation schedule to protect the levee while it’s being rebuilt (i.e. fortified).

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