Efforts to prevent drought
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Most of South Florida is in a moderate drought, and Lake Okeechobee is sitting at about 12.6 feet above sea level.
“We are a tourist area and people come here to fish the lake, and when the water gets too low they can’t launch their boats,” said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, Okeechobee County.
Lake Okeechobee’s level is still in the comfort zone to avoid a water shortage, but officials say warnings could be coming.
Lake O serves as a backup water supply for West Palm Beach, and the South Florida Water Management District says water restrictions are not in place because we’re not there yet.
“It causes a lot of external problems when you get a large deviation in the water,” Culpepper said.
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