TC PALM: Reservoir south of Lake O making some progress | Thumb up

TC Palm: Written by Treasure Coast Editorial Board. May 24, 2018.\

The ceaseless rain of the past few weeks has served as yet another reminder of the need for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee. Happily, the project took a step forward last week after U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, who heads the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said he was “committed” to getting the reservoir project through Congress this year.

“Authorization of this storage reservoir is a priority,” Shuster said in a May 22 letter to R.D. James, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

Shuster also urged the Army Corps of Engineers to speed up its approval of the project in order to expedite the reservoir, which must be included in the Water Resources and Development Act this year to get the necessary federal funding.

Even if that happens, the reservoir remains years away, far too late to help with our current flooding. But as we watch the rain fall, it’s good to know that someday we might look at heavy precipitation without quite so much dread. 

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