TC PALM: Gov. Rick Scott tells DEP to urge Army Corps to redirect Lake Okeechobee discharges south

TC PALM: Written by Ali Schmitz and Ed Killer. June 20, 2018.

Gov. Rick Scott told the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday to issue an emergency order urging the Army Corps of Engineers to "send it south."

By "it," he means Lake Okeechobee water that's been carrying blue-green algae blooms — some of it toxic — to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers since the Army Corps started discharging excess lake water east and west on June 1.

While the message appears to offer relief, some have noted that there is no storage nor not enough conveyance for the water to go to the south, and that is going to be a problem.

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