News Stories

America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 Passes in the Senate, Act Will Change Lake Okeechobee Waterflow

October 10, 2018 02:42 PM

Step by step we are slowly getting closer to relief from Lake Okeechobee discharges.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted 99-1 to pass America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.

Florida Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) both voted yes on the bill.

The bill, which includes a provision for the EAA Southern Reservoir, now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk and he has 10 days to sign it into law.

The reservoir is praised by activists and politicians as being a key to stopping the blue- green algae issue that has plagued the state for the past several years.

The reservoir is expected to cost close to $2 billion with half the money coming directly from Florida tax payers. However, it’s expected to send 120 billion gallons of water south from Lake Okechobee to the Everglades annually.

That would reduce water release to the East and West by more than 60 percent which should help with the near annual appearance of toxic blue-green algae along the Caloosahatchee River.

Tags

News Stories

Actions