Yesterday saw the announcement by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to initiate planning for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
This is a huge step toward preserving the the Florida Bay!
Currently, studying southern storage is not slated to start until 2021, and yet the Corp seems to promise an expedited process, "once a non-Federal partner is identified." Without reading too much into their search for a non-Federal partner, we read this as a promising sign of progress and a blatant request to the South Florida Water Management District to get on board with the process.
Are We Done?
Well - no. But this is one step in the right direction and adds one more extremely powerful voice to the general consensus that the gain by creating southern storage will significantly reduce the damaging discharges going to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries as well as offer relief to the thirsty Bay.
Read the full letter here.
Continued pressure on Governor Rick Scott will get this moving forward. It is no secret that Scott gives direction to the SFWMD board and it certainly is no secret that southern Lake storage is key to a healthy Bay.