WPTV: September 15, 2016. Written by Alyssa Hyman.
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved its water resources bill. Included in that was the Central Everglades Planning Project. The plan includes a series of projects designed to get more water from Lake Okeechobee flowing south toward the Everglades.
While many say the project is a step in the right direction, it will not have a dramatic impact on the Lake O discharges going east and west.
The Corps releases water from the lake to manage the lake levels, concerned that if the lake gets too high the dike around it could be compromised.
However, many families on the Treasure Coast blame the discharges for causing the toxic algae that invaded their waterways this year.