Lake Okeechobee Pollution Limits

Case Overview

Lake Okeechobee in Florida is overloaded with fertilizer and animal waste from cattle and dairy farms as well as other sources. Existing restrictions are inadequate to the task of cleaning them up. Earthjustice successfully sued to make the authorities follow the law and clean up waterways tributary to the Lake.

Case Updates

March 2, 2016 Article

South Florida’s Tourist Season From Hell

Polluted wastewater from Big Sugar and other South Florida agricultural operations is being pumped onto Florida's coast, killing marine life and tourism business.

Lake Okeechobee, pictured, is facing another green slime outbreak threatening pelicans, dolphins, fish, manatees and Florida's coasts.
May 11, 2015 Article

Proposed Bills Entrust Water Protection to Worst Offenders

The toxic green slime that killed pelicans, dolphins, fish and manatees in South Florida two summers ago is back, threatening Florida's coasts.

March 28, 2014 document

Lake Okeechobee Water Transfer Ruling