Palm Beach Post: Written by Kimberly Miller. July 12, 2018. A massive reservoir to hold Lake Okeechobee overflow got White House approval this week, a key step for the fast-tracked plan to spare northern estuaries from extended assaults of harmful lake water. The $1.4 billion project slated for state-owned land in western Palm Beach County is a partial answer to activists’ calls to “send the water south” and could alleviate the blue-green algae blooms plaguing the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. An announcement late Tuesday by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget sends the plan to Congress for inclusion in its Water Resources Development Act, which is expected to be approved by year’s end. “You couldn’t get any more compelling of an argument for the project than seeing this algae bloom,” said Daniel Andrews, executive director for the Fort Myers-based Captains for Clean Water. “We’ve been fighting hard for it.” Continue reading "White House approves massive reservoir to hold Lake O overflow"read moreWINK News: Written by Erica Brown. July 2, 2018. A family of ducks was spotted swimming in the green, algae covered waters near downtown Fort Myers recently. It even turned some of their feathers green. “It’s got to be bad for them. Eventually it will affect all nature,” said Fort Myers resident Wayne Roddenberry. Roddenberry is a fisherman and says he’s already seen dozens of fish fall victim to the potentially toxic slime coating waterways in SWFL. “There’s a lot of dead fish..more than I’ve ever seen,” he said. And now, the algae isn’t just affecting humans, it’s also having a significant impact on other marine wildlife that call those waters home. “It’s really sad. We’re animal lovers so it’s sad, it’s sad,” Roddenberry said. Continue reading "‘Time is of the essence’: green algae taking its toll on marine wildlife"read more
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