NAPLES NEWS: Critical year to keep Everglades projects moving forward

Naples News: Written by Editorial Board. January 20, 2018.

2018 is a critical year to keep agreed-on Everglades restoration moving forward.

The clock is ticking. As it does, questions are arising whether the concept for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee approved last year by the Legislature will provide adequate treatment or whether more land will be needed to filter stored water.

The reservoir on state land south of the lake is intended to provide storage and marsh filtration to cleanse water before it is released south into the Everglades. Another desirable benefit is reducing the amount of tainted water that's discharged from the lake down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers.

The agreement reached last session in Senate Bill 10, signed by Gov. Rick Scott, calls for spending $1.7 billion for the reservoir on 60,000 acres to create 240,000 to 360,000 acre-feet of water storage.

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