Everglades reservoir plan denounced by several groups


Senate President Joe Negron fast-tracked the Everglades reservoir after discharges from Lake Okeechobee caused widespread coastal pollution in his Martin County district. (Source: The Sun-Sentinel)

From The Sun-Sentinel: Long considered a key component of the state-federal plan for restoring the Everglades, the reservoir was fast-tracked this year by state Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, after coastal waters in his Martin County district were fouled by reeking mats of green algae, blamed on lake discharges, that gave Florida the worst kind of international publicity.

The reservoir would provide a place to store rainwater during the summer, rather than flushing it out to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, where the huge pulses of fresh water into a saltwater habitat kill oysters, ruin seagrass beds and threaten a return of last year’s algae. The stored water would be cleaned in treatment marshes and sent south through the Everglades during the dry season.

For the complete story: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-everglades-reservoir-20171222-story.html

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