TC PALM: Florida’s water crisis in the hands of Gov. Scott

TC Palm: Written by Daniel Andrews. December 14, 2017. 

The water crisis Florida has faced over the past two years isn’t over. Today, solutions for our rivers, our fish habitat and our economy lie in the hands of Gov. Scott and the South Florida Water Management District.

The root of the problem goes back over a century to when the Everglades was dammed, ditched and drained. However, weather patterns the past few years have highlighted the flaws in our water management system as billions of gallons of polluted waters were discharged into our rivers as the Everglades faced wildfires and drought.

The Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers were plagued with damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee that disrupted our economy during the height of tourist season in 2016, costing millions. Meanwhile, Florida Bay suffered a 40,000-acre sea grass die-off because of a lack of flow from the Everglades that started in 2015.

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