This Week's Water Conditions Update
February 11, 2022
Water Conditions Tracker
Lake Okeechobee Levels & Caloosahatchee Flow Impacts
On 2/10/22 Lake Okeechobee was at 14.86 feet, decreasing by 0.05 feet in the past week. The weekly average flow at S-79 was 2,005 cfs (cubic feet per second) and flow from the Lake at S-77 was an average of 1,540 cfs. The 14-day average flow on 2/10/22 was 2,022 cfs and has been in the optimal flow envelope for 78 days.
For more information on Lake Okeechobee and estuary conditions go to the latest Caloosahatchee Conditions Report
Virtual Water Quality Tour from Lighthouse Beach
Click here or on the image above to take a virtual tour from above Lighthouse Beach Park to see how the water looked this week.

Photo was taken on 2/9/22 at 2:11 PM on a rising tide (high tide @ 5:33 PM (2.2 ft)).
Beach Conditions
Left: SCCF staff observed dead sea life on the beach including scallops, cockles, urchins, and fighting conchs from Lighthouse and Tarpon Bay. They also noticed a lot of egg casings including lightning whelk, horse conch, and skates. Right: A gull perplexed by having a cockle clamped down on its foot! SCCF.

Red Tide
Satellite imagery over the past week has shown no chlorophyll off the coast of Southwest Florida and low concentrations of chlorophyll in Matlacha Pass. Karenia brevis and/or other algal species may be contributing to the chlorophyll concentrations.

On 1/28/22, the FWC reported that K. brevis was not observed in samples collected statewide over the past week.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel received 7 birds and 2 sea turtles with toxicosis symptoms (from red tide or blue-green algae) from 2/1/22 - 2/7/22.
Blue-Green Algae
On 2/7/22 sampling for cyanobacteria by the Lee County Environmental Lab reported the presence of Microcystis and Dolichospermum at the Alva Boat Ramp (overcast/fog, specks not visible). Microcystis and Dolichospermum were moderately abundant upstream of the Franklin Locks as streaks with wind-driven accumulation. Microcystis and Dolichospermum were moderately abundant at the Davis Boat Ramp (left) as streaks with wind driven accumulation.

Over the past week, satellite imagery from Lake Okeechobee showed low cyanobacteria bloom potential along the western shore of the lake.
Resources To Follow:
To learn more about our current water conditions, click on the following links:

A collaborative, weekly analysis, including recommendations for water managers regarding Lake Okeechobee flows.

SCCF's River, Estuary, and Coastal Observing Network is a network of eight optical water quality sensors deployed throughout the Caloosahatchee and the Pine Island Sound estuary to provide real-time water quality data.

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