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Activists: Differences won’t derail reservoir plan

KEVIN WADLOW/Free Press Swamp daisies grow in water flowing through a cypress dome in Everglades National Park. A planned reservoir to hold fresh water that can restore flow toward the Everglades and Florida Bay is critical, advocates say.

SOUTH FLORIDA — Differences on plans for a deep reservoir to hold and treat fresh water needed by Florida Bay and the Everglades were laid out in a recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, but those issues should not delay the massive project, environmental advocates say.

The $1.6 billion reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee now is designed to take in more than 10,000 acres and hold nearly 80 billion gallons of fresh water in its 23-foot depths.

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