Governing Board Workshop, Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM)


SFWMD Headquarters, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Members of the public may participate and provide public comment in-person or via Zoom, a media technology free for the public to use.


For more information, you may contact Rosie Byrd at


This workshop will provide the Governing Board with an overview of the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). The workshop is informative in nature and no Governing Board action will be taken. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is the federal agency responsible for developing the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is updating the Lake Okeechobee operations manual to reevaluate and define operations for the Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule that take into account additional infrastructure that will soon be operational. The additional infrastructure that will be taken into consideration includes the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation, Kissimmee River Restoration Project, as well as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) C-43 West Basin Storage Reservoir and C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area. 

The South Florida Water Management District has adopted the following position statement on LOSOM:  

“The South Florida Water Management District (District) works to safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders. LOSOM allows us to capitalize on recent infrastructure improvements including rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike and CERP features. The District views balancing the differing interests across the system, including flexibility to adapt to current situations to achieve that balance, as integral to the success of the LOSOM process.  Those interests include: equitably delivering water supply to society and the environment for beneficial uses during the dry season; increasing the tolerance for temporary/short term higher lake stages during the wet season in order to avoid harmful estuary discharges; and maintaining the other congressionally authorized purposes of flood control, navigation, and recreation.“ 

The agenda containing information on this workshop will be posted to the District’s website, seven days prior to the meeting. Or, you can email Rosie Byrd at

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the agency at least seven days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Rosie Byrd, District Clerk, at If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice). 

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