Drought conditions in 2006 and 2007 led to record low water levels in Lake Okeechobee. This presented Florida Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District with a unique opportunity to remove a foot of accumulated muck and organic material from 1,300 acres of the lake's bottom. More than 1.5 million cubic yards of muck was removed, exposing the lakes natural sandy bottom and providing the opportunity for native plant communities to flourish.
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