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State budget deal struck? Jack Latvala says, ‘no,’ but…

Date: 4/26/2017 12:18:00 AM

There was bound to be horse-trading: The Senate agreed to fund the House’s “Schools of Hope” charter-school proposal and backed down on increased property taxes, while the House will go along with the Senate’s plan to revitalize Lake Okeechobee

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Lawmakers agree to pay for Lake Okeechobee reservoir


Date: 4/25/2017 8:33:00 PM

STUART, Fla. - Historic action was taken Tuesday to try to avoid a future algae crisis on the Treasure Coast. The Florida House and Senate agreed to pay for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb future lake discharges to the east and west

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House, Senate end budget stalemate, but clash with Gov. Rick Scott still to come

The Miami Herald

Date: 4/25/2017 8:16:00 PM

Under the tentative budget agreement, as described by Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, the House agreed to support the Senate’s highest priority, a massive new reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce discharges of toxic water

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House, Senate agree to build Lake Okeechobee reservoir to curb discharges | Video

Naples Daily News

Date: 4/25/2017 2:49:00 PM

TALLAHASSEE — The House and Senate reached an unprecedented agreement to pay for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges Tuesday. After initial resistance from the House, the chambers agreed on paying for Senate President Joe Negron's

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Contours of a $83 billion budget deal emerge


Date: 4/25/2017 12:07:00 PM

The proposed budget would also fund a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, the top priority for Senate President Joe Negron. Specifics are not yet finalized, but the early plan is to accept the Senate bill crafted by Negron. That legislation

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• River: Kissimmee River
• Length: 135 Miles
• Surface Area: 448,000 Acres
• Drainage Area: 4,600 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 9 Feet
• Length: 35 Miles
Lake Okeechobee, whose name is derived from the Seminole Indian words meaning "big water," is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida. Covering 730 square miles, the lake is exceptionally shallow for it's size, with an average depth of only 9 feet. At full capacity, Lake Okeechobee holds 1 trillion gallons of water and is the headwaters of the Everglades.

Lake Okeechobee is the 7th largest freshwater lake in the United States. It is divided between Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry counties, with all five counties meeting at one point near the center of the lake.

Lake Okeechobee is the most visible Florida feature from space. Prior to flood control efforts and development in the watershed, water flow unimpeded from the north through Okeechobee and south through the Everglades.
~ NASA Visit the website of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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