the area that they inhabit together.
Okeechobee Water Levels
Daily Weather for the Okeechobee Area
Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The word Okeechobee is from Hitchiti for Big Water.
The Lake Okeechobee Ecosystem has been home
to many Native peoples over time, most recently,
the Miccosukees and the Seminoles.
Geological Survey,Circular 1134
So, how big is this Big Water?
It is about 700 square miles and ranges from 8 to 12 feet
when there is no serious drought as there has been
for the past two years, when it dropped to record
low levels and drastic measures had to be
taken to avoid a compete disaster.
Photo credit: US Army Corps of Engineers
Lake Okeechobee is one of only two US
inland lakes that are visible from space,
the other is the great Salt Lake in Utah.
Places to learn more:
Defenders of Wildlife
Florida Department of State
Map of Okeechobee Area
Florida Native Plant Society
Ecosystems of Florida
National Wildlife Federation
Endangered Species - Snail Kite
Everglades Ecosystems Virtual Tour
Florida's Natural Land and Water
USGS - SOFIA
Habitat and Species Recovery
SOFIA: USGS Kids page for Florida's Ecosystems
South Florida Recovery
Virtual Tour of Everglades
U.S.G.S. Biological Resources
Scientific Data about our Nation's
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