"Major Everglades Restoration Project To Break Ground This Year"

"A key project in the restoration of the Everglades moved forward Thursday with the signing of an agreement between Florida and the federal government to construct a huge reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had made the reservoir a priority, came to the edge of the Everglades in western Palm Beach County to sign the agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers that will allow construction to begin on an above-ground storage facility designed to provide fresh, clean water to the Everglades.

Under South Florida's current water control system, originally designed to dry out land for cities and farms, much of that water gets discharged into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, where it has fueled algae blooms that killed fish, fouled beaches and driven away tourists. Meanwhile, the vast wetlands of the Everglades suffered from a lack of moisture, deprived of the historic flow of water south from the lake."

David Fleshler reports for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel April 22, 2021.

Source: South Fla. Sun-Sentinel, 04/23/2021