SB 10 is on Special Order Calendar for Wednesday April 12th, 2017 and could receive an up or down vote by the full Senate this week.
SB 10 is supposed to address the pollution and toxic algae problems in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries from excess water releases from Lake Okeechobee by sending the water south.
But scientific studies show that this will not solve the problem, the source of the excess water comes from north of Lake Okeechobee, not south of the lake. Storing water north of the lake will reduce the total discharge volume to the estuaries by more than 60 percent.
SB 10 still contradicts the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and scientific studies and research showing that the problems of coastal estuaries must be addressed north of Lake Okeechobee.
Further, SB 10 would put Florida into debt by authorizing the use of bond funds to buy 60,000 acres of land to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee at a cost of $1.5 billion.
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After years of studying the options to best reduce the occurrence of discharges used to lower Lake Okeechobee, those involved in these three levels of governance all agree that buying additional acres of land south of the lake doesn’t solve the problem.