SUN-SENTINEL: Need for water storage reservoir outweighs criticism | Editorial

Sun-Sentinel: Written by Editorial Board. April 1, 2017.

Opposition to a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is mounting, but the arguments against the project remain unpersuasive.

Two weeks ago, Everglades Agricultural Area farmers and elected officials vented at Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, during a town hall meeting in Pahokee. Negron supports legislation — Senate Bill 10 – that would allocate $1.2 billion toward the purchase of 60,000 acres of farmland for the reservoir. It would prevent most of the lake discharges that create health hazards in coastal estuaries, thus decimating local economies. It also would supply fresh water to the Everglades.

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