Okeechobee Foothill?
How time turned a dike into a levee

For as easy as it is to see on a map …

Lake Okeechobee is deceivingly hard to find on the ground.

Map of Lake Okeechobee

The reason?

Hoover Hill would seem partly to blame.

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Sometimes called a levee and other times a dike

The earthen embankment both blocks the view from its base and promises a scenic vista from its top only to leave you wondering –standing at its crest and looking inward — where the lake starts and if it’s there at all.

Hoover Hill (left) and Lake (right)

With everyone thinking about how to optimally regulate the Lake’s stage, its important to remember that from a design standpoint, the dike-turned-levee was built first and foremost to control (repress) water levels on the outside, not inside, of the levee …

And with the design goal (on the outside) being dry arable ground.

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Water calendar revolt
And how it simplifies the water cycle

As if the switch to Daylight Savings …

Wasn’t already confusing enough:

Firelight Radio presents

Here we are not even halfway into the calendar year and we’re already leaving 2021 behind?

The water year starts anew May 1st

The good news:

Doing so greatly simplifies the hydrologic math.

Life is better around the campfire

This podcast from Firelight Radio explores the topic in greater depth.

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