CCA Florida strongly opposes the Corp of Engineers release of nutrient filled water from Lake Okeechobee that is poisoning the estuaries throughout the Caloosahatchee, St. Lucie and Indian River Lagoon systems. It is beyond question that these discharges cause devastating impact to the coastal marine life so critical to all of our well-being. The untold impact on the health and welfare of the estuaries and the people and economies surrounding these vital waterways cannot be sustained. We applaud Governor Scott’s letter to the Secretary of the Army (copied here) requesting alternate routing of the discharges and support the actions he recommends.
CCA has studied the problems associated with Lake Okeechobee water releases in recent years and we have stepped up our discussions with government officials in response to the flood of inquiries from our members in recent days.
The real solution to this long standing problem remains complex, expensive, and will take much more time to resolve. In the meantime, Governor Scott’s request is a step in the right direction. CCA will continue to press our elected leaders, state regulators, the South Florida Water Management District and the Army Corp of Engineers to provide immediate relief to our estuaries while moving forward to a permanent solution.