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Lake Okeechobee

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  • Lake Okeechobee water draining starts again

    Lake Okeechobee water draining starts again
    Rising waters from recent rains prompted the Army Corps of Engineers this week to start dumping Lake Okeechobee water east into the St. Lucie Estuary and out to sea. The new low-level discharges are aimed at stemming the rise in lake levels on the eve...
  • Court rules against mining in Everglades Agricultural Area

    Court rules against mining in Everglades Agricultural Area
    A massive rock mine should not be allowed to eat up Palm Beach County farmland that was once part of the Everglades, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday. The decision by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals stops U.S. Sugar Corp. from...
  • Lake Okeechobee water dumping alternatives explored

    Lake Okeechobee water dumping alternatives explored
    Emergency pumping started Monday to lessen the environmentally-damaging effects of dumping Lake Okeechobee water out to sea. Dumping Lake Okeechobee water out to sea protects South Florida from flooding, but damages coastal fishing grounds and can...
  • Trading sugar land OKed for Everglades restoration proposal

    Trading sugar land OKed for Everglades restoration proposal
    South Florida water managers have agreed to trade 8,700 acres of publicly-owned sugar cane land that was part of a controversial 2010 Everglades restoration land deal with U.S. Sugar Corp. The proposed deal calls for the South Florida Water Management...
  • Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet

    Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet
    TALLAHASSEE – Inking a $75 billion spending plan for Florida government will require some last-minute trading over wetlands, springs, Everglades, lakes and other water-related hometown projects. With legislative budget negotiators closing in on...
  • Negron wants state takeover of Lake O discharges

    Negron wants state takeover of Lake O discharges
    TALLAHASSEE – The chairman of a Senate panel studying the Indian River Lagoon and South Florida waters wants to strip the federal government of the power to decide when to pump polluted waters out of Lake Okeechobee. Sen. Joe Negron, the Stuart...
  • Powerful senator calls his community the 'septic system' for Orlando

    TALLAHASSEE — An influential state lawmaker says he is tired of his community being treated as the “septic tank” for Orlando and is pressing for more money to deal with damages from polluted waters flowing out of the rain-swollen Lake...
  • Weatherford: No big water policy this year

    Weatherford: No big water policy this year
     TALLAHASSEE -- House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday there won't be any big water policies adopted this year, punting the potentially tough political confrontation with polluters until two Central Florida lawmakers are running the Legislature next...
  • Port Everglades gets good news from Florida Senate money chairman

    Port Everglades gets good news from Florida Senate money chairman
    One of Broward’s top priorities – money for expansion at Port Everglades – is likely to fare well in the annual legislative session that begins Tuesday. That was the message delivered by state Sen. Joe Negron this week to Broward Days,...
  • 5 reasons Democrats struggle to win Florida elections

    5 reasons Democrats struggle to win Florida elections
    With new party leadership, an advantage in voter registration, and a vulnerable Republican governor seeking re-election, Florida Democrats should be in a strong position, but the outlook isn't all that dazzling. Even though they outnumber Republicans in...
  • State lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup

    State lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup
    Flush with cash in state coffers, Florida lawmakers are pouring money into cleaning the mucky, polluted waters surrounding the Everglades. But the Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of...