SUN SENTINEL: Deep injection wells would waste water and money

Sun Sentinel: Written by Diana Umpierre. July 5, 2017. 

Don’t waste water.”

That message has been hammered into our heads since we were children. Yet, to our dismay, a few weeks ago, without public notice, Gov. Rick Scott’s hand-picked board members at the South Florida Water Management District decided to go it alone on a plan to dispose of billions of gallons of untreated freshwater permanently by pumping it deep into the earth — water needed for the Everglades, Florida Bay and our drinking water supply.

The move came after the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) rejected further consideration of so-called deep injection wells. The Corps’ decision did not sit well with SFWMD board members, who seem much too eager to please Big Sugar and Big Ag interests.

Last August, the three largest Big Sugar corporations (U.S. Sugar, Florida Crystals and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative) requested deep injection wells be included in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed CERP project. Soon after, as many as 100 deep injection wells were under consideration, with estimated construction costs as much as one billion dollars.

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