TC Palm: Written by Eve Samples. January 5, 2017. Let's make this as clear as possible. More land to store and clean water south of Lake Okeechobee equals less lake water dumped in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, two of Florida's most valuable estuaries. And: Less lake water dumped in the estuaries equals fewer toxic algae blooms and bacteria warnings. And: Fewer toxic algae blooms and bacteria warnings equals stronger marine, tourism and real estate industries. Plus: More clean water moved from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades equals a more stable water supply for South Florida — an essential component of a strong statewide economy. Ergo: More land for storing and treating water south of Lake O = a better economy for Florida. And, yes, it can be done without causing undue harm to the sugarcane fields and other farming interests south of Lake Okeechobee. That's the message we need Gov. Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers to keep in mind when the legislative session begins Tuesday in Tallahassee. This is a pivotal moment for our rivers and the Everglades. Continue reading "Pivotal moment for our estuaries and the Everglades"read moreTC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. January 4, 2017. STUART — Joe Negron pledged Thursday night to make sure the reservoir being planned to cut harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers will be big enough to do the job. "It's my personal commitment for this legislative session," the Florida Senate President said during a TCPalm Pop-up event at Ground Floor Farm in Stuart. Negron, a Stuart Republican, stopped short of saying — as several people in the crowd did — the project the South Florida Water Management District is designing is too small. On Tuesday, the opening day of the Florida Legislature's 2018 session, the district is scheduled to give legislators an update on planning for the reservoir project. "I don't want to criticize the verdict before the jury has ... started to deliberate," said Negron, a longtime attorney. Continue reading "Negron gives 'personal commitment' reservoir will be big enough to cut Lake O discharges"read more
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