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Five budget fights to watch as Scott, lawmakers collide on spending $83.5 billion

The Tampa Tribune

Date: 3/26/2017 10:21:00 AM

Calling the pollution of Florida waters a catastrophe, Negron wants the Legislature to acquire 60,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee for a reservoir to hold a massive amount of water. The goal is to reduce discharges that have contaminated waterways on

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Here are five fights to watch as Gov. Rick Scott, lawmakers collide on how to spend more than $80 billion

Bradenton Herald

Date: 3/25/2017 6:36:00 PM

Calling the pollution of Florida waters a catastrophe, Negron wants the Legislature to acquire 60,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee for a reservoir to hold a massive amount of water. The goal is to reduce discharges that have contaminated waterways on

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Clean water protest held on Stuart beach

WPTV

Date: 3/25/2017 3:40:00 PM

STUART, Fla. -- A local organization joined together on Saturday to stop the Lake Okeechobee discharges. "Citizens for clean water" posted a photo on their Facebook page of their group gathering on Stuart beach. The photo is an attempt to educate the

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New beer brew to help against blue algae crisis

WPTV

Date: 3/24/2017 11:35:00 PM

Captains for Clean Water believes Senate bill 10 is a start, which aims to send discharges to reservoirs south of Lake Okeechobee. But it's the same bill that's garnered widespread outcry from farmers in that area called the Everglades Agricultural Area

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Caldwell: Don't let Lake Okeechobee reservoir disrupt Everglades progress

TCPalm

Date: 3/24/2017 9:31:00 PM

Don’t disrupt what’s already in progress to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges by pushing for a massive land buy, cautioned a lawmaker opposed to Florida Senate President Joe Negron's push this year to build a reservoir. State Rep. Matthew Caldwell

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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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