TAMPA BAY TIMES: Against all odds, Florida Legislature approves Lake O reservoir bill; next up: Congress

Tampa Bay Times: Written by Craig Pittman. May 5, 2017.

Against all odds, the bill to build a new reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to alleviate toxic algae blooms has passed both houses of the Florida Legislature. Gov. Rick Scott said he will sign it.

Believe or not, the next step could be even harder: Convincing Congress to say yes, too.

It won't happen anytime soon, though.

While the state is spending $800 million to help cover half the cost of the reservoir, Florida needs the federal government to come up with the other half of the $1.6 billion price tag.

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