Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Reservior Bill

Feb 8, 2017
Originally published on February 7, 2017 4:13 pm

Determined to build a 2.4 billion dollar reservoir South of Lake Okeechobee, Senate Republicans are turning up the heat on opponents.

The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee voted to order water managers to begin buying thousands of acres of prime farmland in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

Senator Rob Bradley of Flemming Island says his bill is needed to deal with catastrophic toxic algae blooms.

“Algae blooms are not merely an unsightly nuisance to residents and tourists, they bring real health risks to humans and wildlife and result in severe economic damages to local businesses.”

Sugar growers, vegetable farmers and local officials warned the move wouldn’t work and put scores of people out of work. Bradley promised to add offsets for job loss.

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