MIAMI HERALD: Everglades reservoir drawing criticism from Florida environmentalists, and silence from feds

Miami Herald: Written by Jenny Staletovich. January 16, 2018.

Two days before lawmakers are set to discuss a massive Everglades reservoir, things are getting complicated.

On Tuesday, Florida environmentalists urged Gov. Rick Scott to step in and fix a design they say does too little to store and clean polluted water needed to repair the suffering Everglades. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state's partner in fixing the old flood control system that broke the River of Grass, has so far not followed through on a deal to help plan the project.

In a letter signed by the Everglades Coalition's 62 member organizations, who met over the weekend, co-chairs Mark Perry and Michael Baldwin said the South Florida Water Management District failed to design a project big enough to both store and treat water. Last year lawmakers approved the reservoir after repeated releases of dirty water from Lake Okeechobee left the Treasure Coast coated with slimy algae. The law allowed the district to use land set aside for a previous reservoir, or swap state-owned land with surrounding property owners to increase the size of the reservoir, but not take land through imminent domain.

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