NEWS-PRESS: Guest column: Sen. Joe Negron has the right answer to water woes

News-Press: January 10, 2017. Written by Sarah Heard.

Last summer, Floridaā€™s then-incoming Senate President, Sen.Ā Joe Negron, now president of the Florida Senate,Ā stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse.

The whole idea of fixing theĀ South FloridaĀ water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall apart.Ā Sugar didnā€™t want to sell land for a key component that would move clean water south fromĀ Lake OkeechobeeĀ toĀ Everglades National Park.Ā Advocates for implementing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration PlanĀ were becoming convinced the only hope for South Florida was to get rid of sugar altogether.

It is a fact that more water flows into Lake Okeechobee from the north than the lake can store.Ā Thatā€™s why there is an Everglades south of the Lake ā€” a broad river of grass to carry the excess lake water south.

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