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EAA reservoir plan draws heated debate

OKEECHOBEE — The public comment period at the Dec. 21 South Florida Water Management District meeting about the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir brought out emotions and some accusations. While the SFWMD meeting presented EAA reservoir alternatives that can be built on state-owned land, many in the audience were more concerned about State Sen. Joe Negron’s recent statements about obtaining more EAA land and expanding the footprint of the project.

Read more in the Okeechobee News.

Smith: Everglades Deja Vu Alert: Let’s Not Repeat ‘Reservoir 2008’

Does anybody believe Senate President Joe Negron decided all on his own — before he’d studied the completed plans — to challenge the science behind the South Florida Water Management District models for the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee?

Read more in Sunshine State News.

‘Land grab’ or too small? Everglades reservoir plan denounced by several groups

The reservoir will be a sight, rising over the pancake-flat farmland of western Palm Beach County.

Walls of rock and earth up to 35 feet high will enclose a water-storage pit that could be as big around as the city of Boca Raton.

Read more in the Sun Sentinel.

Sasser: Irresponsible for Sewall’s Point to reject septic conversion funds

As the former mayor of the city of Pahokee, I can state with pride that our community converted from septic tanks to sewer over 50 years ago.

That enlightened act helped to greatly reduce the nutrient runoff into our local waterways here in the Glades.

Read more from JP Sasser in the TCPalm.

Negron asks SFWMD to expand EAA reservoir footprint

Just when it looked like the long-discussed Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir was finally on it’s way to becoming a reality, somebody’s trying to change the plan … again.

Read more from the Belle Glade Sun.

Glades Lives Matter: They Want Our Land

Senate President Joe Negron’s suggestion that water managers expand their search for land to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is drawing pushback from area residents.

Janet Taylor, a former Hendry County commissioner and chairwoman of Glades Live Matter, sent out an email rebuking the call to widen the planned reservoir.

Read more from the News Service of Florida’s blog.

EAA farmers celebrate another record year of clean water flowing south

Extending a two-decade record for Everglades restoration south of Lake Okeechobee, a group of farmers — armed with an effective water quality treatment strategy — have posted historic water-quality performance levels in 2017, sending more clean water than ever flowing south.

Seizing on numbers announced this week by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) farmers are celebrating their role in more than 20 years of restoration, by delivering increasingly clean water to the Everglades.

Concern over reservoir plan for Lake Okeechobee

Talks over permanently reducing discharges east and west of Lake Okeechobee are heating up.

Particularly over a plan for a new reservoir south of the lake.

Read more from WPTV.

Okeechobee community encouraged to ‘speak up’ for agriculture

As Okeechobee community members gathered at the KOA Convention Center for the Farm City luncheon on Thursday, they reinforced the community’s support for agriculture.

Read more from Okeechobee News.

DEP: Sewage spills into Indian River Lagoon by Fort Pierce utility violated permit

The Fort Pierce Utilities Authority has been cited by the state for spills totaling about 10.5 million gallons of treated and untreated sewage at the wastewater treatment plant and several lift stations.

Read more from the TCPalm.