Revised Lake Okeechobee bill heads to the Senate floor


the Everglades is starving for freshwater, while our fragile and productive coastal estuaries are inundated with too-much polluted water being pumped out of Lake Okeechobee. (Source:

From The Associated Press: Top Florida Republicans have taken a big step toward making their plan of building a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee an easier-to-swallow proposal for its opponents.

A Senate budget committee on Wednesday approved drastic changes to the project, which seeks to divert toxic algae blooms from Lake Okeechobee after the harmful discharges threatened coastal tourism and marine wildlife in South Florida last summer.

Senate President Joe Negron has made this project a top priority during the legislative session. 

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