The Lake Worth Lagoon on Singer Island in Riviera Beach, Florida, on Feb. 18, 2021.
The Lake Worth Lagoon on Singer Island in Riviera Beach, Florida, on Feb. 18, 2021.

A plan largely supported by South Florida’s environmental groups won favor from the Army Corps of Engineers on Monday as it designs a blueprint for managing Lake Okeechobee for at least the next decade.

Losers in the proposal on how and when water will be released from the wellspring of the Everglades are the lake itself, which could be held at higher levels longer, and the Caloosahatchee River, which would see harmful discharges increase under a strict interpretation of so-called plan “CC.”

But Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the Corps’ Jacksonville District, promised the plan still faces modifications that he expects will improve the situation for oysters in the Caloosahatchee and eelgrass in Lake Okeechobee.

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