Florida legislators get 5 reservoir plans, 2 'best buys' to cut Lake Okeechobee discharges

Article Posted on January 9, 2018

By: Tyler Treadway, Treasure Coast Newspapers

The Florida Legislature now has five plans, including two "best buys," for the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to consider.

Some environmentalists say legislators should be looking at more.

The South Florida Water Management District delivered a progress report on its proposals for the reservoir to legislators Tuesday, the first day of the 2018 legislative session.

All five plans outlined in the report would be built almost entirely on land already owned by the state, a footprint critics say is too small to meet the goal of dramatically cutting Lake O discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers…

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