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Discharges From Lake O Challenged In Federal Lawsuit

Discharges From Lake O Challenged In Federal Lawsuit

Discharges From Lake O Challenged In Federal Lawsuit

Fort Pierce, Fl- Discharges from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee that send nutrients down the St Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers triggering algae blooms are being challenged in a new federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday contends the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has refused to address harm to human health and wildlife from the discharges along the two rivers.

The waterways and their estuaries last summer experienced damaging blooms of blue-green algae due to the lake water.

The lawsuit was filed in Fort Pierce federal court by the Center for Biological Diversity, Calusa Waterkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance.

 The lawsuit also asks a judge to halt further releases of Lake Okeechobee water until the Corps is in compliance with the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws.

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