Work starts EAA Reservoir STA project site

Work starts on EAA reservoir stormwater treatment area

Miccosukee Tribe opposes EAA reservoir

OKEECHOBEE — Work on the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA) could be delayed, not by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but due to opposition from a native tribe. In an Oct. 23 letter to Lt. Gen. Semonite of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Brian Mast and Sen. Marco […]

U.S. Sugar vows support of EAA reservoir project

U.S. Sugar’s support of Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA) project was questioned at the Oct. 10 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board, but reinforced by an Oct. 11 letter to that board. The controversy began with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ request for public […]

Florida Crystals praised for EAA lease changes

OKEECHOBEE — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board had nothing but praise for Florida Crystals at its Oct. 10 meeting. Executive Director Drew Bartlett said when he came on board with the SFWMD, the governing board challenged him to expedite work on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area […]

Trump tweets support for CERP funding

President Donald Trump has apparently changed his mind about funding the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir and other Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects. On Monday, the president expressed his support for increased funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in a tweet. “My administration will be fighting for $200 million for the Army Corps Everglades restoration […]

Governor issues emergency order to send lake water ‘south’; Water conservation areas south of lake already full; Flow south from WCAs blocked by Tamiami Trail

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee south, but existing water conveyance structures, direct rainfall south of the lake, the Tamiami Trail and the Department of the Interior make that difficult, if not impossible. Heavy rain in May — some areas received more than 400 percent of average rainfall — […]

EAA reservoir plans: Whatever happened to Acceler8?

OKEECHOBEE — Once upon a time, there was a plan to use thousands of acres of sugar cane fields south of Lake Okeechobee for a reservoir to store water to help restore the Everglades. A state funding source was proposed to expedite the construction. Then a political change in Tallahassee under a new Republican governor […]