Three things to do right now to help combat Lake Okeechobee releases into the St. Lucie Estuary

Rally and press conference to protest releases from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary, held at The St. Lucie Lock & Dam, January 16. [L-R] Leon Abood of the Rivers Coalition; Martin County Commission Chair and founder of the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative, Ed Fielding; Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, river activist and Sewalls Point Commissioner;  Maggy Hurchalla, nationally renowned environmentalist and former 20-year Martin County Commissioner; Mark Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society. (Photo source: cyndi-lenz.com)

To help combat the Lake O releases, River Warrior Cyndi Lenz of Jensen Beach offers these suggestions:

1. Email Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to exercise the US Sugar Option on the 46,000 acres south of the Lake.
http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/

2. Go to the Senate web site on Amendment 1 and tell them the VERY TOP PRIORITY is to exercise the option on the 46,000 acre US Sugar parcel.
http://www.flsenate.gov/media/topics/wlc

3. Plan to go to the workshop on CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan) priorities Jan 26 and Feb 2 at the South Florida Water Management District at 3301 Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach.

Tell them the top three priorities have to be:
· Buy the US Sugar parcel.
· Get CEPP (Central Everglades Planning Project) authorized
· Finish buying land for authorized CERP projects. – like the Indian River Lagoon- South project which was the FIRST component of CERP with an approved plan.
3301 Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach, Fl.

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