Jul 25 2017
You've probably seen the news that there is a massive algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee. My office has been monitoring the situation for warning signs of a repeat disaster throughout the summer. Here's an update on what we know right now:
I also have written to the Army Corps to tell them, in the strongest possible terms, that they should exhaust every possible flood-prevention option prior to considering discharging water east out of the lake. Read the letter:
The transfer of algae-filled water from Lake Okeechobee onto the Treasure Coast is simply unacceptable, which is why I have introduced legislation in Congress to hold the federal government responsible for the cost of damages associated with the transfer of algal blooms from Lake Okeechobee into our community.
We know this is a complex problem that won't be solved over night, which is why it's so important that the Army Corps work with South Florida Water Management District to implement SB 10. You may have seen that I had the opportunity to question the Army Corps about SB 10 last week. If not, check it out here. I will do everything in my power to get federal support for a southern reservoir.