Everglades Foundation Statement Regarding Senator Negron’s Plans for Reducing Harmful Water Discharges from Lake Okeechobee
“Today, Florida Senate President-designate Joe Negron announced his plans for reducing harmful water discharges from Lake Okeechobee and is prepared to initiate planning for southern storage, while working together with the federal government.
“The toxic, algae blooms and seagrass die-offs plaguing Florida’s coastal estuaries and Florida Bay show why Everglades restoration is more important than ever. Since its inception, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan has called for a reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area to receive Lake Okeechobee water and reduce the harmful discharges to the estuaries.
“Today’s announcement to speed up the efforts emphasizes the urgency of critical Everglades restoration projects during this state of emergency. Floridians living on the Treasure Coast and in Southwest Florida cannot wait four more years to initiate planning for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee.
“We commend Senator Negron for getting to work on this issue with scientists to create a viable action plan in response to the harmful discharges.”