NEWS PRESS: Florida moving forward with plan to protect estuaries, some groups wary

News Press: Written by Chad Gillis. April 27, 2018.

An old technology is making its way to the forefront of Everglades restoration as the state moves forward with plans to pump stormwater 3,000 feet below ground during large hurricanes and other heavy rain events.  

Called deep injection wells, the idea is to send essentially rain water beneath the surface instead of allowing it to flow to Lake Okeechobee and eventually the west and east coasts.

Proponents say the wells will help spare the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and estuaries from devastating releases like those received after El Nino rains in January of 2016, when coastal waters were chocolate brown here, and in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Critics, however, say the wells stray from Everglades restoration plans and will waste water that’s needed in other areas of the state, such as Florida Bay.

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