Army Corps of Engineers discuss 2013 Lake Okeechobee discharges
The first of two public meetings was held Wednesday to review the operations and decisions by the Corps during the 2013 wet season. Indian River Lagoon advocates were present to question the Corps, but discovered not much is planned to change next year.
- If the discharges from Lake Okeechobee continue, we are facing serious CONSEQUENCE for our WATER and OUR HEALTH. Do not forget that the toxicity of these discharges is ever increasing with FECAL POLLUTANTS!! We could not even swim for four months last summer. What is this summer going to be like is what really scares me... We are standing up at this point because we have tried everything. We are... in great numbers now and collecting awareness and momentum along the way. We are documenting everything, we are writing and speaking with our elected officials and we are encouraging folks to do the same. We will WIN and when election time comes we are coming through like a bowling ball!!! STOP THE DISCHARGES
- We can't just demand that the ACoE manage Lake O differently; we have to provide them with options. Those options will come when our state government executes on plans to revert reclaimed land and return the everglades to their natural state. Keep applying pressure to Rick Scott and the Florida legislature to make progress!
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