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SB10/HB761 has been approved and sent to the Governor!

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 SB10/HB761 has been approved and sent to the Governor!

SB10/HB761 has been fully approved and reconciled! The bill will now go to Governor Scott.

This bill will create a  reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.  It will “provide adequate water storage and conveyance south of the lake to reduce the volume of regulatory discharges of water from the lake to the east and west. It will also helps to  bring water to the Everglades and help the Florida Bay. The reservoir will hold at least 78 billion gallons of water from Lake Okeechobee. The hope is  preventing it from being discharged to the St Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers.

Experts say that Negron’s initial plan, when combined with all of the other water projects in the works, would have stopped 90-percent of the discharges. But the version of the plan that passed will still stop an estimated 60-percent of discharges.

Senator Negron made several compromises to get his plan passed.

The House passed the proposed “Negron Plan”, dealing with the Lake Okeechobee Discharges today 99 to 19.

May 3 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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