PBPost: Negron’s Lake O emergency measure splits Senate budget leaders

 

In a move that caused a clash among Republican leaders, the Florida Senate budget committee Wednesday approved spending $7.5 million for a project to address what lawmakers say is an environmental “emergency” in areas around Lake Okeechobee. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

 

Sen. Joe Negron, a powerful Stuart Republican who is slated to become the Senate president in November, offered an amendment to the Senate’s proposed budget to expand a water-storage project. The proposal was related to problems with polluted water leaving Lake Okeechobee and going into rivers in Southeast and Southwest Florida.

The money would be used to expand what is known as the Caulkins “water farming” pilot project, which involves pumping water onto fallow, privately owned citrus land in Martin County.

For the complete story: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/negrons-lake-o-emergency-measure-splits-senate-bud/nqJPR/

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