Southern Reservoir Plans Concern Critics

December 13, 2017

Tyler Treadway of TC Palm reports that during a public meeting held this week, state officials presented three options for the southern reservoir to help cut discharges from Lake Okeechobee; however, the plans focused on land already owned by the state, which caused concern among attendees:

All three options would be built on land already owned by the state; and that was a problem for a lot of people at Wednesday’s meeting.

Several asked the district to run similar models for larger projects that incorporate some private land that could be bought or swapped for other public land south of Lake O.

“It’s true you’ve got some great numbers,” said Lisa Interlandi of the Everglades Law Center. “But my concern is that we don’t know if that’s the best alternative or if others, with more land, could do better at a lower cost. … I can’t jump on board when there are so many unanswered questions.”

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