Reservoir to cut Lake Okeechobee discharges makes U.S. Senate panel's WRDA water bill

Article Posted on May 9, 2018

By: Tyler Treadway, Treasure Coast Newspapers

A U.S. Senate committee Tuesday called for the Army Corps of Engineers to "expedite construction of a reservoir" designed to cut Lake Okeechobee discharges.

The project is included in the water resources bill unveiled Tuesday by the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee — six lines in a 202-page document — as a "placeholder."

If the Corps approves the project, the reservoir can be part of the Water Resources Development Act expected to go to Congress in fall.

The proposed legislation doesn't include any money for the reservoir because the project hasn't gotten a green light from the Corps. The Florida legislation authorizing the project calls for the state and the federal government to each pay from $700 million to $800 million…

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