Miami Herald update: Contingent of Floridians plead to Congress to help troubled Lake O region

Herschel Vinyard, Secretary of  Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection)

From The Miami Herald: Florida’s top environmental regulator joined a contingent of state legislators and local officials on Thursday to demand that the  federal government turn over the money for Everglades clean-up, and release the reins on Lake Okeechobee to let Florida fix the polluted system that is destroying ecosystems.

At a four-hour hearing on the issue — completed before the shots were fired in DC — Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard urged Congress to send Florida a check for the clean-up efforts in the form of a block grant and turn over management to the local water management districts.

“Army Corps stewardship has been a complete abject and dismal failure,’’ said state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City.

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