Everglades

Photo: Everglades National Park

There’s a lot of attention - and a lot of money - going towards restoring the Everglades. As the legislative session gets started in Tallahassee this week, lawmakers are considering a couple of bills that could impact restoration. WLRN’s Kate Stein looks at what “Everglades restoration” actually means.

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Residents of the Glades have a message for Tallahassee lawmakers: The proposed construction of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee would be a death knell for their communities.

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A third of Floridians get drinking water from the Everglades. But it’s becoming harder for the Everglades to keep that water clean. Lawmakers in Tallahassee have a plan that could help. You’ll hear more about that later this week. But first, Kate Stein explains how the Everglades used to work.

U.S. Sugar Corp. says it would honor a previous agreement putting land south of Lake Okeechobee toward Everglades restoration.

U.S. Sugar staunchly has opposed a reservoir on the land, aimed at improving water flow after toxic algae blooms last year prompted emergency declarations in four counties.

But spokeswoman Judy Sanchez says if the Legislature approves the plan the company would honor a previous agreement authorizing the state to buy 153,000 acres.

A proposal to build a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee could create more than 39,000 jobs, according to a study released Tuesday by the Everglades Foundation.

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