SUN SENTINEL: To save the Everglades, go south

SUN SENTINEL: September 3, 2016. Written by Sun Sentinel Editorial Board.

Joe Negron is the right person at the right time with the right idea to help deal with Florida's water crisis.

Negron is the incoming state Senate president. His district includes Martin County, where discharges from Lake Okeechobee have created toxic algae, fouling waterways and the Atlantic Ocean.

Negron wants the state to buy 60,000 acres of farmland south of the lake for a reservoir, easing the need to dump water into fragile coastal estuaries.

Here is his math:

To protect the dike on the lake's south side, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has released 180 billion gallons of water into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers this year because of unusually heavy winter rains. The reservoir Negron envisions could hold 120 billion gallons.

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