Lake Point project to send more polluted water into St. Lucie Estuary: ‘no benefits for Martin County’

Several Martin County environmentalists argue the Lake Point plan would result in utility demands to keep water levels in the lake higher to provide more drinking water. The higher lake levels would result in even greater discharges of polluted water into the St. Lucie Estuary in the aftermath of major rainstorms. (Source: TCNewspapers, Alex Boerner)

The Lake Point Restoration project is on the south side of Kanner Highway, one mile east of Lake Okeechobee. A proposal would allow project officials to sell water from the mining operation to West Palm Beach. Critics say that plan could lead to more discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary. Maggy Hurchalla, an Everglades expert and former county commissioner, said the project will do little to help the estuary, “It doesn’t do what it says it will do,” Hurchalla said. “It has no benefits for Martin County.”

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