NBC-2: Florida bill prevents Lake O toxins from heading east, but what about the west coast?

August 13, 2020

Reporter: Zach Barrett
August 13th, 2020

SOUTH Fla. – Newly proposed legislation is taking aim at toxic water releases from Lake Okeechobee but the west coast of the state may be left high and dry.

Republican Congressman Brian Mast represents Florida’s 18th Congressional District on the eastern portion of southern Florida. His Bill, introduced Wednesday, would cut down on the volume of water containing toxic algae blooms that would be discharged into the St. Lucie River on the east coast.

Mast said he was considering the implications Lake Okeechobee releases also have on the Caloosahatchee River. He said the Caloosahatchee wasn’t included for good reason.

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