TC PALM: South Florida Water Management District: Reservoir would 'dent' Lake Okeechobee discharges

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. October 26, 2017.

WEST PALM BEACH — The proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, in conjunction with other planned projects, would "put a huge dent" in the current discharges plaguing the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, an official said Thursday.

That was the bottom line Matt Morrison, the South Florida Water Management District's head of federal policy and coordination, gave to about 100 people gathered at the agency's West Palm Beach office to discuss the proposed reservoir.

Since the latest round of discharges began Sept. 15, more than 61 billion gallons of water has been discharged east to the St. Lucie River and more than 144 billion gallons has been sent west to the Caloosahatchee River.

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