Gov. Rick Scott signs bill for reservoir

Gov. Rick Scott signs bill for reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges By Tyler Treadway May 9, 2017 TC Palm It’s the law: Build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb disastrous discharges to the St. Lucie River. Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed  Senate Bill 10, the legislation authorizing a significant increase in water stored south of […]

Gov. Rick Scott will approve reservoir

Gov. Rick Scott will approve reservoir to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges By Isadora Rangel May 3, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott will sign a bill to fund a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb harmful discharges to coastal estuaries, his office said Wednesday. His signature will make Senate Bill 10 final after […]

Legislature Agrees to Fund Lake O Reservoir

Legislature agrees to fund Lake Okeechobee reservoir to curb discharges By Isadora Rangel April 25, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — The state House and Senate reached an unprecedented agreement to pay for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges Tuesday — clearing the first of many hurdles before the proposal can come to fruition. […]

Senate OKs Lake Okeechobee reservoir bill; what about House?

    By Isadora Rangel April 12, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. With a 36-3 vote, the Senate sent the bill to the House, where some members have criticized Republican Senate President […]

Fishing guides arrive in Tallahassee to say ‘we need help’ to save Florida Bay

By Mary Ellen Klas April 11, 2017 Miami Herald TALLAHASSEE Fishing guides who rely on Florida Bay and other fragile waterways arrived in the capital Tuesday to plea with lawmakers to follow through on the goal of buying land to build a water-storing reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. “We’re not up here to play politics,’’ […]

New plan could drastically cut Lake Okeechobee discharges

By Tyler Treadway April 5, 2017 TC Palm Environmentalists who have been calling for the state to “buy the land” say an amended proposal for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee will work just as well. Combined with projects already under construction and in the planning stages, Florida Senate President Joe Negron’s revised plan to build a reservoir primarily on land […]

Negron offers compromise on Everglades reservoir — state-owned and leased land

By Mary Ellen Klas April 4, 2017 Miami Herald TALLAHASSEE Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday filed a sweeping rewrite of his top priority legislation to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, abandoning plans to buy up to 60,000 acres of agriculture land and relying on more state-owned and state-leased sugar fields to store […]

Need for water storage reservoir outweighs criticism | Editorial

By the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board April 1, 2017 Sun Sentinel Opposition to a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is mounting, but the arguments against the project remain unpersuasive. Two weeks ago, Everglades Agricultural Area farmers and elected officials vented at Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, during a town hall meeting in […]

PBS Video: What’s Stopping Everglades from healing?

“What’s stopping the vulnerable Everglades from being healed?” PBS Newshour story includes video of toxic algal blooms in Stuart. Worth watching for interview with Michael Grunwald, author of “The Swamp.” However, the story doesn’t quite get the timing of the CERP EAA Reservoir project correct when the reporter says, “To prevent another toxic algae bloom, […]

Plan that includes keeping toxic algae from waterways is now bigger and more expensive

By Mary Ellen Klas March 8, 2017 Miami Herald TALLAHASSEE A Senate plan to bond $1.2 billion in state funds to build a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee grew to become a $3.3 billion bonding program that would fund dozens of water projects around the state — from sewage treatment in Tampa Bay […]