SUN SENTINEL: Help needed now for Lake Okeechobee's troubled dike

Sun Sentinel: Written by Editorial Board. October 12, 2017. 

Lake Okeechobee’s rising waters once again threaten to overwhelm the leaky mound of rock, shell and sand relied on to protect South Florida from flooding.

With the lake hitting its highest level in 12 years, Gov. Rick Scott has renewed his call for Congress to jump-start repairs of the lake’s more-than-70-year-old earthen dike, which is considered one of the country’s most at-risk of failing.

As the lake’s level keeps rising, dark plumes of polluted water again are being released into rivers that drain toward Florida’s coasts – threatening to fuel toxic algae blooms, kill fishing grounds and depress tourism.

Scott on Monday visited Lake Okeechobee and said federal officials should “do their job” and speed up repairs. “I am concerned that the water is this high,” he said. “I am concerned that we haven’t had more money put into this.”

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