Return to normal?
View from The Water Room

Water levels are dropping all over.

Here’s a closer look:

Comparison of current water levels to a month ago, a year ago and the long-term March norm

Click below to see the full scoop.

Water Room Summary:

Kissimmee: Up at the headwaters, Lake Toho is above regulation stage, but further south Lake Kissimmee and Lake Istokpoga are hovering at the line between Zone A and Zone B.

Lake O: Lake stage is about a foot above normal for the start of March and a little over a foot below where it peaked in December 2020. The last time the Lake was this high in March was 2016, and that year from a run of rainy days in late January.

Caloosahatchee: Discharges through the S-79 are a little over a thousand cubic feet per second (cfs) above the long-time average for March, but still in the desired flow envelope for the estuary (of 300 to 2,800 cfs). Discharge through the S-79 peaked at close to 10,000 cfs in November in the wake of Tropical Storm Eta.

Everglades: Water has slowly and steadily dropped in all parts of the Everglades. Water have dropped around 1, 3 and 2.5 feet from their November high water mark in WCA1, WCA2 and WCA3, respectively. Here’s a chart that shows a comparison.

Comparison of water depths across the Everglades

Big Cypress Swamp: After four months of being above the “normal range” we typically see for November, December, January and February; the swamp starts March back in the normal range. We’re still on the wetter side, but with the green-out starting to kick in (and those cypress needles have a big thirst), we may get a spring dry down yet. Preserve-wide, the water table has dropped a foot since November and is still a foot higher than early March of last year.

For now, that’s the view from the water room.

P.S. You can check out the data for yourself in The Water Room.

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