TC PALM: Negron to SFWMD: Lake Okeechobee reservoir should spread off state land if necessary

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. December 14, 2017.

Florida Senate President Joe Negron wants state engineers to think outside the box and outside the "footprint" they're considering for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

In particular, Negron wants the South Florida Water Management District to "consider using any additional land available (for the reservoir), if necessary."

At a public meeting Wednesday, district officials revealed modeling results showing how three options they've developed for the project meet the goal of significantly cutting harmful discharges of excess Lake O water to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

When combined with other projects already in the works, the project would "basically get rid of all small and moderate discharge events," said Walter Wilcox, the district's chief modeling engineer.

And in particularly heavy discharge years — such as the hurricane years of 2002 to 2005 — the flow would be reduced by about 45 percent, Wilcox said.

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