PALM BEACH POST: Long-term plan to fix algae blooms needs Big Sugar backing

PALM BEACH POST: July 13, 2016. Editorial

The algal blooms now covering some 200 square miles of Lake Okeechobee are proof that there’s nothing like a crisis to get politicians saying the right things.

It’s good to see, for example, Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio make a bipartisan pitch to immediately vote on a federal water bill that would help pay for repairs to the leaky Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake O.

It’s good to see Gov. Rick Scott proposing to put money in next year’s budget to reduce the use of septic systems and seeking a federal disaster declaration.

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