TCPalm: January 13, 2017. Written by Isadora Rangel.
When Senate President Joe Negron announced his plan to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges last year, he acknowledged his upcoming challenge: to convince the Legislature to fund it.
That challenge began taking shape Wednesday as the Senate had its first meeting to discuss how to curb discharges.
The state agency that would execute Negron's plan, the South Florida Water Management District, refutes the basic premise of his proposal: the need to buy land to build a reservoir south of the lake. The district also has argued with the main group backing Negron's proposal, the Everglades Foundation, over the benefits of storing water south of the lake.