U.S. House committee chairman commits to Lake Okeechobee reservoir

Article Posted on May 22, 2018

By: Tyler Treadway, Treasure Coast Newspapers

The chairman of a key House of Representatives committee is "committed" to getting the reservoir to cut Lake Okeechobee discharges through Congress this year.

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, who heads the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, also urged the Army Corps of Engineers chief to speed up its approval of the project so that can happen.

"Authorization of this storage reservoir is a priority," Shuster said in a May 22 letter to R.D. James, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, adding his committee is "committed" to getting the project in the Water Resources and Development Act this year…

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