What is Anglers for Lake Okeechobee (AFLO)?
We are a community fishing group dedicated to protecting Lake Okeechobee, the liquid heart of Florida. We are anglers (professional and recreational), marina owners, boat owners, and fishing guides. We want to see Lake Okeechobee cared for, the estuary crisis fixed, and it’s going to take science and a long-term effort in the halls of Tallahassee and Washington to ensure that becomes a priority.
What is our mission?
We want to #SlowTheFlow. We want to stop discharges from Lake Okeechobee and to do that we need to #SlowTheFlow from the watershed to the north. With data showing that 95% of the water flowing into Lake O comes from the north, we believe that the answer to our water quality issues lies at the lake’s source. We also want to look for alternatives to spraying on the lake and explore methods like mechanical harvesting. If we #SlowTheFlow during wet years and look for options other than spraying the lake, we believe we can help save Lake Okeechobee and prevent discharges from impacting coastal communities like Ft. Myers and Stuart.
What solutions do AFLO support?
We support bringing on additional storage and treatment at the SOURCE of Lake Okeechobee, to the north. 95 percent of the water comes in from the north. We support the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. And we support the solutions proposed in the University of Florida Water Institute’s 2015 report, which includes additional storage north of the lake, combinations of aquifer storage recovery wells, deep storage reservoirs, shallow storage impoundments, and dispersed water management.
Who can join AFLO?
Anyone can! If you care about Lake Okeechobee and solving the water quality issues happening all too often, you should join our cause. We support science-based solutions that are proven to protect Lake Okeechobee and also help to significantly reduce discharge events from Lake Okeechobee in the future. Join our email list today