FLORIDA SPORTSMAN: Stars Aligning for Rivers, Everglades Solution

Florida Sportsman: January 27, 2017. Written by Florida Sportsman Editor.

Advocates for clean water and healthy coastal fisheries are aligning quickly to voice support for Florida Senate Bill 10. The bill, filed Thursday, January 26, by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), directs state water managers to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee from a willing seller and begin constructing there a reservoir to hold 120 billion gallons of water. Essentially, if approved, the bill would set into motion a crucial piece of Everglades restoration conceptualized 16 years ago, supported by scientists and long sought by environmentalists.

Proponents say the reservoir, envisioned at 60,000 acres, will add nearly ten-fold to ongoing efforts to curtail a cycle of freshwater discharges to the St. Lucie, Indian River and Caloosahatchee estuaries. At the same time, the reservoir would serve to refresh historical water supply needs for Everglades National Park, Florida Bay and South Florida’s growing municipal demand.

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