The U.S. Senate yesterday passed a bill that authorizes the construction of a reservoir to the south of Lake Okeechobee.
The Water Resources Development Act was written by Congressman Brian Mast and had previously been approved in the House. It now awaits the President's signature.
The bill mirrors a state law sponsored by outgoing Florida Senate President Joe Negron.
“Fixing our water issues is without a doubt the most important priority for our community,” Rep. Mast said. “We know people are getting sick, animals are dying and the environment is being absolutely demolished. Authorizing the EAA Southern Storage Reservoir is a momentous accomplishment for our Treasure Coast community, and I urge the President to sign our bill into law as soon as possible.”
In addition to the reservoir, it will have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers re-do the schedule that it uses to determine when to discharge water from Lake Okeechobee.
Those water releases are believed to be linked to the toxic algae in Treasure Coast waterways.
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