SB 10, the bill that would put us into debt by authorizing the use of bond funds to buy 60,000 acres of land to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee has been scaled back. The original language was estimated to cost between $2.4 billion and $4 billion. The new language would reduce costs by building the project on land already owned by the state, but still would cost $1.5 billion to build reservoirs and water treatment facilities south of Lake Okeechobee.
SB 10 is supposed to address the pollution and toxic algae problems in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries from excess water releases from Lake Okeechobee by sending the water south.
But scientific studies show that this will not solve the problem, the source of the excess water comes from north of Lake Okeechobee, not south of the lake. Storing water north of the lake will reduce the total discharge volume to the estuaries by more than 60 percent.
SB 10 still contradicts the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and scientific studies and research showing that the problems of coastal estuaries must be addressed north of Lake Okeechobee.
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SB 10 still contains language that could allow agencies to study additional acreage for reservoirs and take unlimited amounts of land in the future, including land that will put farmers out of work.
SB 10 is on Special Order Calendar for this Wednesday April 12th, 2017 and could receive an up or down vote by the full Senate this week.
Call your State Senator and tell them to vote NO on SB 10, it will put us into debt and not solve the problem.