About AFLO

We are a community fishing group dedicated to protecting Lake Okeechobee. We are anglers (professional and recreational), marina owners, boat owners, and fishing guides. After recognizing that a voice for Lake Okeechobee’s health and restoration was desperately needed, AFLO was founded with the mission of advocating for the Lake O region by focusing on solutions to stop large influxes of water and nutrients from entering the lake. We want to see Lake Okeechobee cared for, the estuary crisis fixed, spraying reduced 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.

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 slow the flow of water coming into the lake during wet years and look for options other than spraying, we believe we can help save Lake Okeechobee and prevent discharges from impacting coastal communities like Ft. Myers and Stuart.

We support science-based solutions that will bring on additional storage and treatment at the SOURCE of Lake Okeechobee, to the north. In 2015, The University of Florida Water Institute conducted a study, which includes additional storage north of the lake, combinations of aquifer storage recovery wells, deep storage reservoirs, shallow storage impoundments, and dispersed water management. Additionally, a SFWMD analysis estimates the completion of storage and treatment north of Lake Okeechobee would help achieve an “80% reduction in discharge events from Lake Okeechobee” when combined with other planned projects.

FAQs

What is AFLO?


We are a community fishing group dedicated to protecting Lake Okeechobee. We are anglers (professional and recreational), marina owners, boat owners, and fishing guides. After recognizing that a voice for Lake Okeechobee’s health and restoration was desperately needed, AFLO was founded with the mission of advocating for the Lake O region by focusing on solutions to stop large influxes of water and nutrients from entering the lake. We want to see Lake Okeechobee cared for, the estuary crisis fixed, spraying reduced 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 does AFLO support?


As data shows that 95% of the water flowing into Lake O comes from the north, the answer to our water quality issues lies at the source. We believe we can help save Lake Okeechobee and prevent discharges from impacting coastal communities like Ft. Myers and Stuart by slowing the flow of water from the watershed to the north. Additionally, we are looking for alternatives to spraying on the lake and explore methods like mechanical harvesting.




Where can I find a credible source to learn more about the impacts of storage north?


The University of Florida Water Institute’s 2015 report effectively detailed the best solutions. These solutions include additional storage north of the lake which, according to the South Florida Water Management District, the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project combined with other planned storage and treatment projects will help achieve the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)’s goal of achieving an 80 percent reduction of coastal discharges from Lake Okeechobee.




Do you believe in sending water south?


Yes. We believe in sending clean water south to Everglades, but we need to focus on storing and cleaning the water from the north first. That helps every water body to the south, east and west. If your tub is overflowing, would you clean up the water outside of the tub, or look to fix the problem at the source?




What is the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project?


The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project is a part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Together the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District are actively looking for ways to improve quality, timing, and distribtuion of flows into Lake Okeechobee. These efforts aid our mission to Slow The Flow from the watershed to the North.

For more information visit sfwmd.org




What happens if Lake Okeechobee water levels are managed at a low level?


When the lake reaches extreme low levels the estuaries that are home to the filter grasses dry up and are replaced with non-native, non-filtering grass and trees. This results in a huge loss of filtering for the lake and additionally makes is extremely difficult to fish due to the loss of navigation. Slowing the flow into Lake O will help the anglers on the east and west coasts too, because it will keep the lake from getting too high and reduce the need for the Army Corps to make damaging releases. With additional storage solutions for water to the north, we will eliminate the need for harmful discharges while maintaining the critical ability to control the Lake’s water levels.




What about discharges to the coasts?


To protect Lake Okeechobee, we must focus on stopping uncontrolled run-off from the northern watershed from ever entering the lake. If we keep it out of the lake, it won’t have to be discharged to Ft. Myers or Stuart.




Do you have to be an angler or fishing guide to join AFLO?


No. Our crew is made up of those who care for and want to protect Lake Okeechobee, not just now, but for generations to come.





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